SAN FRANCISCO—The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investing an ISIS propaganda video that surfaced over the weekend listing San Francisco as a potential target.
The nine minute and 45-second video opens with a celebration of jihadist Omar Mateen, the suspect who killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12. It was the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
The footage surfaced on Sunday, June 26, threatening San Francisco and Las Vegas. The video featured the Golden Gate Bridge in a hand-held recorded video that appears to be taken from the bicycle path on the west side, then Pine Street looking east towards the Financial District, and then Powell Street heading north on a cable car.
The video is comprised of clips of President Obama making statements in the Oval Office and The White House briefing room being spattered with superimposed blood, and clips of a press conference that the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights advocacy organization in the country, hosted in Orlando, condemning the Islamic state’s violence.
The propaganda declares ISIS is “not harmed by those who disagree with them and disappointed them.” The Las Vegas Metro police and FBI officials said that upon investigation, there was no credible threat. The man speaking Arabic in the video has not been identified.
Law enforcement officials believe that the propaganda is likely an attempt to inspire other lone radicals within the U.S. to carry out attacks, similar to Mateen, and stress that if a person see something, they should say something.
Scott Mann, a veteran who now runs a counter-terror nonprofit told ABC News, “They should be concerned because ISIS is not about just spewing things out, Al-Qaeda isn’t either, but when ISIS tells you they’re going to do something, they typically do it, they don’t mince words.”
The pro-ISIS propaganda footage surfaced the same day as the San Francisco Pride Parade and festivities over the weekend. Authorities believe San Francisco could be being targeted because of the city’s prominent LGBT-friendly atmosphere.