Retired special agent says threats against state capitols should be taken seriously

Watch: FBI issues warning about possible attacks at state capitols

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Armed protests are being planned in all 50 state capitols and in Washington, D.C. next week in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the FBI warned Tuesday.

Eric Jackson works in counterterrorism and says last week a line was crossed. He calls the people who attacked the capital thugs, criminals, and terrorists, saying every single American should be on watch right now.

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Retired Special Agent in Charge for 21 years, Jackson has dedicated his life to serving his country. He was in the United States Navy for 8 years and in the field of study for domestic and international terrorism for 15 years.

Jackson told FOX13 he watched like so many others the incident in Washington, DC last week in horror.

“They were thugs,” said Jackson. “They were criminals and they were terrorists and they need to be treated that way and I feel as though the American people deserve better.”

Now the FBI is warning of more attacks and armed protests. And while Jackson can not talk about any specifics, he did talk about the threats and dangers.

“We have to believe them if they’re saying they’re going to do it,” he said. “So members of law enforcement should take the threat seriously and take all precautions and hold those individuals who hold a domestic threat to this nation accountable. And I feel as though the people who committed this act were not only domestic terrorists, I call them terrorists.”

Jackson also pointed to the Christmas morning bombing in Nashville, saying we always need to be prepared for anything, no matter what.

Especially after that and the incident at our nation’s Capitol building, he said we need to take all warnings very seriously.