Security threat level raised at Military Bases
The Pentagon raised the security threat level at United States Military Bases on Thursday night to “Force Protection Bravo.” It comes as a response to the attack last weekend on a Texas free speech event. Force Protection Bravo has only been reached 4 times since the inception of the threat levels, according to CNN. Its official status is defined as “increased and predictable threat of terrorism.”
Threat Level Bravo
The Bravo level will mean that information suggests ‘probable violence’ in the United States, and there must be extra precaution to deter terrorist planning. The change could also mean more checks of vehicles entering military bases and identity checks of all personnel.
The Military Times reported
“Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of the Colorado-based U.S. Northern Command, raised military installations’ force protection level to “Bravo” after months of maintaining it at “Alpha,” the lowest level of security, a defense official said Friday.
‘While our [force protection level] change is not tied to a specific, credible threat, recent events have led us to recognize the need to take prudent steps to ensure our [force protection] measures can be increased quickly and unpredictably at the macro level, just as they routinely vary at the micro level on individual installations,’ a defense official said Friday.”
The action is designed to make the security levels unpredictable in case of attacks by terrorists.
“Actions of this nature can be expected to be the new norm; through this effort we will produce a discernible element of unpredictability in our security posture and procedures.” Langley Officials
FBI intelligence information
The move is in response to FBI Director James Comey’s statement that there are more “Elton Simpsons” out there, and that there are “hundreds maybe thousands” of people across the country who are receiving recruitment overtures from the Islamic State.
“It’s like the devil sitting on their shoulders, saying ‘kill, kill, kill.” FBI Director James Comey
Comey stated that ISIS’ recruiting strategy has utilized social media, in particular Twitter, to steer recruits into encrypted venues where the government cannot track them.
USA Today reported,
“The haystack is the entire country,” Comey said. “We are looking for the needles, but increasingly the needles are unavailable to us. … This is the ‘going dark’ problem in living color. There are Elton Simpsons out there that I have not found and I cannot see.”
Comey said agents are working hundreds of investigations around the country involving suspected homegrown violent extremists.The director said the inquiries are open in all 56 of the FBI’s field divisions.
“ISIL is a very popular fad among a lot of disturbed people,” he said.