In an unusual move today, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) raised the security level at U.S. military bases because of the increasing concerns about possible attacks by ISIS (ISIL).
While the DOD cited no specific threat, they did refer to the recent attack in Garland, Texas, (last Tuesday), after ISIS claimed responsibility for the Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest featuring cartoons about “the Prophet”.
The threat level was raised to ‘Bravo’ level, and it’s worth noting that it’s the first time the
threat level has been that high since the anniversary of the 911 attacks on September 11, 2011, which was the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks.
A higher threat level could mean 100% ID checks at the entrance to all military bases, including air force bases, army bases, navy and marine bases. It also puts base military police on alert to be highly situationally aware, including investigating anything they see that might be terms “suspicious”. The FBI will also increase surveillance of suspected pro-ISIS individuals.
Persistent stories have been focusing on the Texas border, which may be harboring an
ISIS camp, and the right wing media has reported that an ISIS camp may be sending their
soldiers into the US on specific missions. Although this has been widely discredited by
officials, some circles are reporting a link to the Army’s Operation Jade Helm, a massive military drill across nine states, which is slated for July 15th, to September 15th, 2015.
We encourage individuals to be situationally alert AT ALL TIMES, and a increase
in military alert levels would certainly be something to note.