August 4, 2013 - Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) workers walk through John F. Kennedy Airport in this February 28, 2013 file photo taken in New York City. The State Department has issued a worldwide travel warning and the Department of Homeland Security is ramping up security
measures to monitor any potential threats. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Federal authorities are boosting security in the United States
after intelligence agencies detected a credible threat to Western interests overseas and the government began closing diplomatic posts in some Muslim countries, according to homeland security officials.
The Department of Homeland Security is increasing security measures at airports, train stations and other transportation hubs, and expanding scrutiny of visitors coming into the United States, two officials told ABC News.
The FBI, meanwhile, is "working sources" and taking other "logical steps" to monitor any potential threat, an FBI official said.
The officials said the latest measures are being taken "out of an abundance of caution," and the recent intelligence contains "no nexus" to the U.S. homeland. However, there is an "air of mystery" and "uncertainty of exactly what the target is," one official said.
"As always, our security posture, which at all times includes a number of measures both seen and unseen, will continue to respond appropriately to protect the American people from an ever-evolving threat picture," a DHS official said today in a statement to ABC News.
On Friday, DHS and the FBI sent a joint intelligence bulletin to local and state law enforcement agencies across the country, outlining the recent intelligence and urging authorities to remain vigilant.
Unlike many such bulletins sent to law enforcement agencies, the bulletin issued Friday was classified, reflecting the sensitivity and seriousness of the situation.