The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into a voice message in which air controllers threatened to fly a plane into the Capitol. The audio was picked up on aviation radios, vowing to “avenge” the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
“We are flying a plane into the Capitol Wednesday. Soleimani will be avenged,” the mysterious message said, first received by air traffic controllers based in New York earlier this week, according to CBS News. The message refers to the American drone strike that killed the Iranian Quds Force leader near the Baghdad airport early last year.
BREAKING: The FBI and FAA are looking into a breach of air traffic control frequencies after a threat was made about flying a plane into the Capitol tomorrow.
The threat is not considered credible, but the breach of aviation communications is alarming.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 5, 2021
This comes as reports of Trump supporters descend upon Washington D.C., the Capitol, to protest the election results. The alarming missive also came as Congress prepares to count Electoral College votes in the nation’s capital today. It is believed the message was designed to suggest an attack during those proceedings.
While it’s yet unclear who was behind the digitized voice recording, officials do not believe the threat is “credible,” CBS reported – though the incident is nonetheless being investigated as a breach of air traffic frequencies. The culprit is thought to be based in the US, with Newsweek noting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had narrowed down the broadcast’s origin to a location on New York’s Long Island. –RT
A former Joint Terrorism Task Forces officer also voiced doubts that the perpetrators are Iranian, telling Newsweek: “Any advanced terror group or nation-state, whether Quds Force or Hezbollah, has demonstrated very professional operational security. The Iranian regime and its proxies would not telegraph plans and intentions relative to an attack. The forecasting of such an event would serve to harm their intentions rather than to instill fear.”
This could be a psyop, and based on the fact that this was telegraphed in a manner that the authorities in the U.S. picked it up, it could be being used to promote fear especially for those in Washington D.C. today. But only time will tell.
So far, this is shaping up to be a chaotic week. Stay alert.