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.