US officials are exploiting the threat posed by the ISIL terrorist group to expand the wars in the Middle East and to “create more fear” among Americans, a US anti-war activist says.
A recent warning issued by the US government about the threat of ISIL attacks on US law enforcement and military members is being used “to frighten people” in order to take away their rights, said Bruce Gagnon, the coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space organization.
“I think this is all is part of the fear campaign that is really, really quite professionally being organized by the ruling oligarchy here in the US and across the West,” Gagnon told Press TV on Monday.
The ISIL threat is “being used in this country, in my country, in the United States to create more fear to have people rely more on the police and security operations, which means give away your rights,” Gagnon asserted.
ISIL is a construct of the US and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan “in order to widen the war in the region,” he added.
On Sunday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning to military, law enforcement and intelligence personnel informing them about the ISIL threat.
The warning, which appeared in a new security bulletin, advises that US intelligence has seen ISIL terrorists overseas calling for individuals in the US to attack American security and intelligence personnel.
Concerns about domestic terrorist attacks have been raised as thousands of Western nationals have left their homes to join Takfiri militants in Syria and Iraq.
US warplanes have been conducting airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq since early August. Some Western states have also participated in some of the strikes in Iraq.
The US and some of its Arab allies have also been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria since late September without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.