TERROR, FEAR, TERROR !! Heightened terror concerns new Fourth of July norm

(USA TODAY) — Along with the weather forecast and airport crowd, the national holiday checklist now routinely adds another staple: terrorist threat alert.

This July Fourth weekend is no exception, with federal intelligence agencies reminding local law enforcement “to remain vigilant during upcoming national holidays and military events due to the heightened threat of attacks.”

Such warnings around major holidays have become routine since 9/11, although federal agencies acknowledge there are no specific or credible threats to the United States this weekend.

Still, the July 4th holiday — with its patriotic symbolism — seems particularly vulnerable to possible terrorist attacks, most notably lone wolf assaults, wherever crowds gather for ballgames, concerts and firework displays.

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