The threatening tweet by the ISIL militant group for the United States could be a creation by Israel’s spy agency of Mossad or the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, an American political commentator says.
“I don’t know if it’s authentic and I don’t think we have any way of knowing if it’s authentic,” Paul Street said in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.
“It conceivably could be a hoax, it could be a prank. It could conceivably be for real. It could conceivably be something put up by Mossad, the Israel’s security force, or by the FBI, or by the Department of Homeland Security, which is inconsistent with the interests of the national security state here in the country and storing out of fear. They love these types of stories because they justify increased surveillance, increased homeland repression, increased investment in the control of the population here,” he added.
“If it’s the latter, that’s really terrible. On the other hand, if it’s for real, why would there be any mystery about why it’s for real?” the analyst continued.
“US policy is involved in the direct and indirect murder of, over the last few decades, just hundreds of thousands of Muslims and ordinary people in the Middle East and it’s incredibly reckless to pursue those policies overseas in energy rich Middle East,” Street explained.
“It’s incredibly reckless in many ways, including the risks that kind of foreign policy creates for ordinary Americans in the US. Of course, people are going to strike back,” he said.
The Takfiri group posted a photo of its flag purportedly pictured outside the White House, warning the US administration of their presence in American cities.
The photo shows a hand holding up an image of the ISIL flag displayed on a phone in front of the White House fence in Pennsylvania Avenue. It was first tweeted on August 9 by an account which was later deleted.
“[W]e are here #America near our #target :) sooooooooooooon,” read the message posted with the photo.
The photo was re-tweeted by another user under the name of @Sunna_rev with a separate warning that “We are in your state. We are in your cities. We are in your streets. You are our goals anywhere.”