CNN flashed a headline this afternoon to the effect that the FBI has issued an ISIS threat to military installations but, never mind, it isn’t credible. It reminds us of the stoplight alert system initiated by DHS Secretary Tom Ridge. “Reach for your duct tape, partner.”
Military bases and their security personnel are always vigilant. Now, the FBI tells them to be more vigilant. Well, you either are or are not. Is it a matter of degree? There can be increased levels of surveillance and increased personnel who are assigned to look for trouble.
The sort of incidents that have happened in the past are from military personnel who are working on the inside, and then they turn radical.
According to one website there have been 26 terrorist incidents this year so far. Two were in the United States.
“Bombing United States Colorado Springs, United States An improvised explosive was detonated outside of an NAACP office in Colorado Springs. It failed to ignite a gas can placed beside it. There were no injuries. The incident is being investigated by the FBI as a possible act of domestic terrorism. Unknown
Shooting United States Garland, Texas, United States In an incident at a mall in Texas, two assailants opened fire outside a Mohammed art exhibit in Garland, Texas. Two gunmen drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center and opened fire on a security guard. Local police, providing security for the event, returned fire, killing both suspects. One security guard was injured and released from the hospital. Identity and motive of the suspects has not been identified. The American Freedom Defense Initiative hosted the art exhibit in support of freedom of speech. Guest speakers included the outspoken anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Islamic State”
It just seems like a more responsible approach would be to take action by being more vigilant and attentive, but without spinning up emotions with a lot of media fanfare.
Can’t the FBI learn how to whisper into the military’s ear without creating excessive alarm?
It seems like authorities do too much to telegraph their defensive intentions.
“FBI Warns Something Big About ISIS That Has U.S. Military Bases On High Alert
Though the threats are not being labeled “credible” at this time, experts say such a distinction is largely irrelevant given ISIS’ method of operation.
B. Christopher Agee May 26, 2015 at 3:54pm
Recent reports indicate three federal intelligence organizations have released a joint bulletin warning of a potential attack on U.S. military bases and other strategic locations in the near future. Fox News reported on the written warning, indicating the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center identified an increased level of threat by following social media chatter prior to Memorial Day.”