FBI agents say a threat that put Austin police on alert is no longer considered to be credible. While Austin is getting the all clear authorities say the incident is an example of why everyone still needs to be aware of the risk.
The threat against Austin was being taken seriously but as of Tuesday that was ruled as being bogus.
"We have determined the threat is not credible," said FBI spokesperson Michelle Lee.
The agency, according to Lee, is still monitoring the situation despite the determination there is no real threat that currently targets Austin. Local authorities were notified about a month ago that the downtown area was being targeted for a bombing. Lt. Joe Chacon, who is with the APD Fusion Center, told FOX 7 a specific target was not identified.
Since the 9-11 attacks, officials have kept a close watch on sites like the State Capitol, the Federal Courthouse and even the entertainment districts. When this new threat came, in early July, Intelligence Specialist at secure sites like Fusion Centers started working the source. As the vetting process continued, Chacon says the source of the threat started changing its information. According to Chacon, what started out as a possible downtown bombing morphed into an unspecified tactic, which included targeting a broader part of the city.
The threat may now be diminished, but Lt. Chacon says, it is still an example of why people should always stay vigilant.
"We endorse something we called, the "see something-say something" campaign. Where if you see something that's out of the norm that looks very suspicious to you, such as people trying to be covert about either taking pictures or they're leaving bags where they shouldn't be leaving them, leaving them unattended, those types of things, to make sure you alert the authorities," said Lt. Chacon.
The source of the threat is not being revealed at this time, so it's unclear if it was domestic or from another country. FOX 7 was told the Austin threat was never considered to be linked to the U.S. Embassy closings or to the Fort Hood shooting trial that started Tuesday.