WASHINGTON—Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), the chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, released a manual to help Americans prepare for terrorist attacks and cyber crimes.
“There are U.S. cells today of terrorists that we’re all aware of. I chair the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism, and so I’m conscious of the concerns, and I just think we would be wise as a country to prepare ourselves better for what could happen,” Rep. Pittenger told Breitbart News when asked to explain his motive for releasing the Terrorism Preparedness Manual.
He noted that Americans are the targets of a number of terrorist groups including the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda.
“There are folks in ISIS, being trained by ISIS overseas right now who have American passports and European passports and they have easy access to the U.S.,” explained the North Carolina lawmaker.
Rep. Pittenger assembled the preparedness manual with the help of retired military officers, nationally-recognized experts on counterterrorism and cyber-security, FEMA, the American Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Titled “Preparing Your Home, Family, and Business for Terrorist Attacks,” the 24-page manual can be downloaded for free at www.PrepareNow.com.
“I think it’s important we’re all conscious of the threats against our homeland and of the attacks that have already occurred on our homeland,” the Congressman told Breitbart News. “The purpose of the manual is to give families and small businesses the how-tos—what they can do to prepare in the event of a chemical, biological, nuclear, cyber, and other kinds of kinetic attacks.”
“You don’t want to at all be involved in scaring people, but I think it would be very imprudent and unwise to think—well it’s not going to happen here,” he added. “That would not be a reasonable approach. Clear minds would say, ‘yes it could happen here.’”
Rep. Pittenger stressed that the manual is available to any member of Congress to distribute in their district.
“I have no entitlement to it,” he proclaimed. “This is about protecting America and saving lives.”
Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/03/10/task-force-chair-terror-cells-are-in-the-us-americans-should-prepare/