"Washington DC and the National Capital Region (NCR) remain primary targets for Extremists, particularly during the summer tourist season, " this year's report states. The possibility of a suspicious bag campaign was at the top of a list of "indicators to assist in detecting potential terrorist activity."
The FBI's Washington Field Office declined to discuss the issues raised in the "Situational Information Report.
The FBI in New York, meanwhile, said it provides situational awareness training specifically geared towards helping patrol officers and others to determine when an bag or other object might be suspicious.
Said Special Agent Richard Kolko, spokesman for the FBI's New York Field Office, "Our Bomb Techs recently had a training class for FBI personnel from New York and several other field offices to educate them on how to identify suspicious packages, or routine items in order to help recognize what may or may not be potentially dangerous. This helps cut down on the calls for items that just don't warrant sending out the bomb squad and provides the agents on the street additional situational awareness as they go about their daily duties."
Kolko noted that this training class was not related to the Washington Field Office report or to the jihadi posting.