JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
and other state leaders unveiled a new way to report suspicious activity and
stop terror threats in our state.
The new campaign is called, “If You See Something, Say
Bryant says it’s important to keep an eye out for
criminal activity, suspicious comings, and goings or what could be a terror
threat in your own back yard.
“Activity that we’re seeing is increasing. We’re getting
more phone calls to the fusion center we are people have been able to detect
what they believe is suspicious activity,” Phil Bryant, the Governor of
Following the mass shooting in San Bernardino,
California, the Mississippi Homeland Security Fusion Center has increased what
it’s doing to stop a similar scenario from playing out here as reports of
suspicious activity have increased.
“Almost on a weekly basis we’re gathering information on
things happening here in the state of Mississippi,” Governor Bryant said.
One of the things happening here …threats to state
officials by “Anonymous.”
The group has threatened to hack computers and phones in
response to many leaders who said they did not want to accept Syrian refugees.
But, that’s just one example.
According to FBI Special Agent Don Alway the state gets
dozens of calls each month.
“Most of them wash out,” Alway said.
All threats involving explosives will be investigated by
the FBI that includes the IED found at Warren Central Junior High School last
A student reported the threat.
Now, two other students are still being detained in
connection to the explosive found inside a backpack.
State leaders hope the “See Something, Say Something”
campaign will prevent future crimes both foreign and domestic.
WJTV’s Beth Alexander asks, “Do you think this could
lead to profiling of any kind?”
“I do not. Profiling is when you’re looking at a person,
he’s hispanic, black, white it doesn’t make a difference. If you’re just
picking on that, that’s profiling. When you got something that’s not normal
activity in and out of a place that’s not profiling,” Albert Santa Cruz, the
Commissioner of Public Safety, said.
“And of course, people are mobile. So someone might be
radicalized in Tennessee or New York and come to Mississippi,” Bryant said.
The best way to get immediate help if you feel threatened
is to call 911.
The state has also started a hotline for reporting other
That number is 1-888-4SAFE-MS
In New York, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer is asking
the Secretary of Homeland Security to monitor the social media accounts of
people in the United States on visas.
Governor Bryant said he would support that initiative.