FBI Says ISIS Threat To U.S. Military Personnel Here At Home; Warns Terrorists May Attempt To Track Through Use Of Social Media — Concern Over Potential Copycat (Canada) Attacks
ABC News’s Brian Ross and James Gordon Meek are reporting this morning (Dec. 1, 2014) that the FBI “issued its strongest warning to date about possible attacks by ISIS against U.S. military personnel here at home.” The network says that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “issued a joint intelligence bulletin overnight, strongly urging those who serve in uniform — to scrub their social media accounts of anything that might bring unwanted attention from “violent extremists,” or would help the extremists learn individual service members’ identities.”
“The FBI and DHS recommend that current and former members of the military review their online social media accounts for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIS and its supporters,” the bulletin said. NBC News noted that U.S. officials “fear [potential] copycat attacks based on what happened in Canada last month, when two uniformed Canadian soldiers were killed in two separate incidents by young men who claimed they were ISIS followers.”
“The FBI received reporting indicating that individuals overseas are spotting and assessing like-minded individuals who are willing and capable of conducting attacks against current and former U.S-based members of the U.S. military,” the bulletin said. “Attacks such as those in Canada — which were apparently carried out without direct contact between ISIS and the perpetrators — may “embolden” and “motivate” those who support ISIS,” the FBI and DHS warned.
ABC News adds that “the day before the U.S. launched its biggest air blitz against the terror group in Iraq and Syria in late September, ISIS spokesman, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani called upon Muslims in the U.S. and Europe to attack members of the military. Do not ask for anyone’s advice, and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers. Both of them are considered to be waging war,” Adnani said in an audio speech recorded online on September 21, 2014. V/R, RCP