It’s being described as a wish list for terrorists.
ABC reports that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have sent a bulletin to law enforcement agencies alerting them of a terrorist “hit list” posted on a jihadi web site that names 40 prominent figures from government, the U.S. military and the media. It includes members of Congress and execs from an American company that produces drones.
“In response to the original posting,” says the U.S. government’s intelligence bulletin, according to ABC, “other forum members posted the names of over 40 heads of government, industry and media as potential targets.”
“Though there has been an increase in postings on extremist web forums since [Osama bin Laden’s] death on 2 May 2011, these examples are the most target specific threat postings in the forum since that date,” says the bulletin. The depth and breadth of the list provided . . . represent a familiarity with defense and intelligence contractors and private sector support.”
ABC reported that an FBI official who reviewed the notice called the list a “wish list” and aspirational.