In the past week, U.S. officials have announced charges in five terrorism probes in five states. It is a confluence of cases unlike anything the country has seen since the September 11, 2001, attacks.
But CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bergen and law enforcement analyst Mike Brooks say not to read too much into it — the rush of arrests is a coincidence.
“These are things that are happening completely independently,” Bergen said.
Brooks agreed, calling it a “happenstance.”
Last weekend, authorities arrested three suspects — two in Colorado and one in New York — for allegedly lying to the FBI in a terrorism probe. One of the three is now also accused of plotting to make a powerful bomb.