White House steps up warnings about terrorism on U.S. soil


Alarmed about the growing threat from Islamic State, the Obama administration has dramatically stepped up warnings of potential terrorist attacks on American soil after several years of relative calm. Behind the scenes, U.S. authorities have raised defenses at U.S. military bases, put local police forces on alert and increased surveillance at the nation’s airports, railroads, shopping malls, energy plants and other potential targets. Driving the unease are FBI arrests of at least 30 Americans on terrorism-related charges this year in an array of “lone wolf” plots, none successful, but nearly all purportedly inspired by Islamic State propaganda or appeals. The group’s leader, Abu Bakr Baghdadi, drove home the danger in a 34-minute audio recording released online Thursday. He urged Muslims everywhere to “migrate to the Islamic State or fight in his land, wherever that may be.”


6 responses to “White House steps up warnings about terrorism on U.S. soil

  1. I think one of the most terrifying prospects about the globalized world is the lack of knowledge about possible threats. Modern wars are said to be fought in the shadows rather than on battlefields where the enemy is clearly designated as such. The war against terrorism is very nearly impossible to win because anyone, anywhere can be recruited. The increase in security comes along with the general feeling of helplessness that comes with this fear based warfare.


  2. The terrorism case of ISIS that we now have on our hands is a scary one for sure. The recent events that have several Americans on high alert everywhere they go is exactly what the group wants to achieve.

    Upon going home for Thanksgiving break I had a friend who considered driving home instead of flying due to the “high flight risk.” I assured her that she was most likely at just as high of a risk driving home as well. Living in fear is not a satisfaction we can give to not only ISIS but also others that want to do us harm.
    However, if we are being honest, the increased protection that we have installed at sports games, the airport, shopping malls, etc. does give several Americans and myself more a sense of relief as we go about our daily activities. Now more than ever do we need to stand together to not only protect each other but also to work together to stop this war on terrorism.


  3. I personally think that increasing security at airports, malls and everywhere else that has a high volume of people is a good idea to assure and prevent future attacks but sometimes unconventional methods should be taken to also reduce this issue with ISIS. For one, every story i have read includes ISIS brainwashing and manipulating minds of the weak to conform to their propaganda and carry out their objectives. While many of these propagandas are available on the internet, a huge portion of them are accessible via facebook, a social networking site that everyone uses on a daily basis. This shows how easily ISIS is able to control and manipulate other while trying to recruit new members to its organization. I for one, commend the online group of hackers, Anonymous, for their unconventional method of attacking ISIS, not by force, but rather by hacking their computers, facebooks, twitters and other communication forms in order to halt their recruiting tactics. I believe the US government should aid this group to take down ISIS sites and forums so that ISIS will be unable to recruit anyone who might be easily manipulated. This might be a good stepping stone towards stopping terrorism so to prevent terrorism on foreign soil.


  4. The U.S. response to terrorism is always interesting. It is very hard to target an ideology that doesn’t have a ‘set location’. It is unfortunate that many of our initiatives involve bombings that increase the destruction and desperation felt by many innocent people in the area, which I believe only further fuels the growth of radical extremism. In terms of attacks on the U.S. I have definitely felt more alert in large public spaces, especially sporting events and movie theaters. This is honestly a combination of increased ISIS threats and recruitment through social media that seems to hit closer to home, but also the general increase of unaffiliated Americans who have lashed out in large public settings with mass shootings. I think that media has been a catalyst to many of these issues that would be interesting to evaluate in a study of some sort.


  5. The American response to the potential for terrorism can only intensify now more than ever after the attacks on Paris (and potentially San Bernardino). I think the issue of terrorism coming from outside the United States had been more widely addressed than the possibility of a terrorist attack coming from within the country. The ease with which the Islamic State is able to outreach and appeal to radicals all around the world is truly frightening. Perhaps by strenthening cybersecurity measures, the US will be better able to address external extremist influence that comes into the country. However, when addressing the possibility for internal terrorist threats, there is a fine line between effective action and paranoia. Will the United States uphold more legilation like the Patriot Act that breeches privacy and often targets innocent Muslims and non-Muslims alike? The US can look at the post- 9/11 security measures to evaluate what tactics have and haven’t been effective in deterrring terrorism. Currently, the threat of terrorism is external, yet addressing the internal causes is just as important as the Islamic fundamentalist movement expands throught the world.


  6. I don’t know that more accurate warnings of terrorism are ever going to make us safer. Do we truly believe that the government can absolutely keep us safe? Now that terrorism has firmly landed in America, I believe that the only one responsible for your safety is yourself. It has been instilled upon me since I was a young child to be aware of my surroundings. Know where the fire exits are. Look at people and know who is around you. I don’t try to live in fear, but I try to be aware.


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