Two people were arrested today after tying to breach MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. They were stopped from entering the base when they failed to show acceptable identification. The names of the pair have not yet been released.
They are now in custody. The pair, a man and a woman, were “heavily armed,” reports CNN. Was this an attempted terrorist attack?
MacDill is U.S. Central Command Base
The MacDill base houses the U.S. Central Command. It is the key location for operations for the Special Operations, and the Afghanistan and Iraq war.
Thus a security breach here would be a major disaster. What kind of crisis was averted today?
The SUV the two people drove in their attempt to breach security at MacDill was examined. A robot was used to check the inside of the vehicle, perhaps due to thoughts it may contain a bomb.
The vehicle was found to be free of bombs, although ammunition, weapons, and uniforms that were similar to military uniforms were found in the SUV. Thus it seems some sort of violence was anticipated if they had entered the base.
What Was the Plan Once on Base?
Authorities will now have to try to figure out what these two people were planning to do once they got on base. Were they stockpiling weapons for some future event or was an attack planned for today?
Are the People Arrested Already Known to Agents?
It will be interesting to find out if federal agents were already aware of the people arrested. Were they already under watch or is this the first time they came to the attention of the authorities?
Since Major Nidal Hasan allegedly attacked Fort Hood in Texas where 13 soldiers were killed, all military bases must now try to maintain the highest security to prevent future attacks.
There are quite a few hate groups openly operating in America with an extremely anti-military and pro-jihad mindset. What might they be planning to spring on America?
Eagle Eyes Anti-terrorism at MacDill
The MacDill Air Force Base has an “Eagle Eyes” anti-terrorism program to encourage the public to alert authorities if anything suspicious is spotted near the base. Suspicious behavior may be called in 24 hours a day at MacDill AFB Security Forces Control Center: (813) 828-3322.
To learn more about MacDill Air Force Base go to: HERE.