On Friday, the Pentagon raised the threat level across all military bases and compounds within the United States to “Force Protection Bravo” in response to the “increased and predictable threat of terrorism”, announced Captain Jeff Davis of U.S. Northern Command. The threat level was raised after FBI Director James Comey admitted that ISIS has thousands of sympathizers currently living inside the country ready to wage jihad. The FBI has also ordered agents to put under 24/7 surveillance more than one hundred U.S. residents that are considered possible terror threats.
Officials from the FBI told ABC News that agents have been ordered to review the cases of so-called “marginal” or “borderline” suspects, terms that had been applied to one of the gunmen in the Texas attack, Elton Simpson of Phoenix. Simpson, who the FBI was familiar with but considered “more talk than action”, underscores the current threat environment posed by terrorists who are already here.
To those who have been paying attention, Comey’s admission over the threat posed by ISIS comes as no surprise given the fact that in late February Comey warned that he had “home-grown violent extremists investigations in every single state.” One only needs to look at the arrests made by the FBI this year alone to affirm Comey’s warning.
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The 15 panel O’Fallon Veterans’ Monument is the largest in the area and is located on a beautifully landscaped acre of ground.
FOX 2 Now reported:
O’Fallon, IL city employees discovered Monday morning that two large stone name panels from the city’s Veterans’ Monument had been toppled and smashed sometime over the weekend. It could cost the city $10,000 to replace them.
O’Fallon police are investigating the damage as a crime. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Two of the panels were destroyed over the weekend.
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President Obama plans to overhaul the Joint Chiefs of Staff this year as he seeks to replace a handful of longtime members whose terms are coming to a close.
Obama on Tuesday nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps, to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman this fall. He also tapped Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, head of U.S. Transportation Command, to replace Navy Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld as vice chairman.
In the roles since 2011, Dempsey and Winnefeld are expected to retire after their current two-year terms end in October and August, respectively. What’s more, two other members of the president’s cadre of military advisers are scheduled to step down in September, including Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, and Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations.
The Joint Chiefs shakeup, if approved by the Senate, may leave a mark on the last two years of Obama’s presidency. In recent months alone, he consulted with his military advisers and national-security staff in authorizing U.S. military responses to a rising number of global threats, from Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria to Russian military involvement in the Ukraine.
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The Obama administration on Monday ordered all insurers to provide IUDs, the contraceptive patch and other birth control free of out-of-pocket charge to all women, rewriting the rules after reports that some insurance carriers were refusing to cover all types of contraceptives. Insurers must cover at least one brand of contraception in each of 18 different methods outlined by the Food and Drug Administration, such as oral contraceptive pills, the emergency contraceptive morning-after pill and intrauterine devices. Insurers can in some cases still impose costs to prod women to use generics rather than brand-name drugs, under the new guidance
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