A CHILLING threat to fly a plane into the U.S. Capitol as Congress meets to confirm Joe Biden as the next president was revealed on Tuesday.
Several air traffic controllers in New York received the message of terror on restricted channels on Monday, which read: “We are flying a plane into the Capitol on Wednesday. Soleimani will be avenged. ”
The digitized voice recording, obtained by CBS News Tuesday refers to Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, assassinated in a US drone attack ordered by President Donald Trump last year.
The voice warned of a strike on Capitol Hill on the same day Congress is expected to count the electoral college votes that would formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
While the threat was not considered credible, it raises concerns about the vulnerability of US airspace communications to hacking.
Authorities are investigating the incident as a violation of aviation frequencies and the threat is said to be considered a crime.
In addition, the disruption worries experts because it could affect the instructions pilots receive on where and how to fly planes, according to CBS News.
Air traffic controllers have been asked to report any unusual activity, including planes deviating from their flight paths, sources told CBS News chief justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues.
Soleimani, who belonged to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed on January 3, 2020.
A few days later, Trump remarked, “You look at this past, he was called a monster and he was a monster and he’s not a monster anymore – he’s dead. ”
However, Iranian officials have vowed revenge for Soleimani’s death.
On Tuesday, Iran asked Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) to issue a “red notice” to law enforcement around the world to arrest Trump and two dozen U.S. officials responsible for the drone strike that killed Soleimani, Al Jazeera reported.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is following very seriously the prosecution and punishment of those who ordered and carried out this crime,” Iranian justice spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said.
Interpol in June rejected a warrant issued by Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr for the arrest of Trump and other US officials on “murder and terrorism charges.”
On Tuesday, Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran.
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The Pentagon and other federal agencies were notified of the voice recording on Tuesday.
Law enforcement officials are working with agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to investigate the incident.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) did not comment specifically on the matter, but told CBS News it takes “all threats of violence to public safety seriously.”