New Federal Terrorism Advisory System Doesn’t Name Threats, Including Radical Islam or ISIS

By Penny Starr | December 18, 2015 | 10:58am EST
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ( Starr)

( – In the new National Terrorism Advisory System unveiled by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., no mention is made of specific terrorist threats, radical Islam or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

DHS acknowledged receipt of questions submitted by to the agency asking why the bulletin did not mention the location of the most recent terror attacks – Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. – and did not name radical Islam as the source of those attacks. DHS did not respond to the inquiry.

The one-page “Bulletin,” which is posted on the DHS website, states in the summary that the world is “in a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications in the homeland.”

It notes that the “terrorist groups” are using the Internet to recruit other terrorists and states the federal government is “concerned about the ‘self-radicalized’ actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice.”

It further notes the recent international and homeland attacks – in Paris and California - are being investigated as terror attacks by radical Islamists -- “warrant increased security, as well as increased public vigilance and awareness.”

The portion of the bulletin entitled “Additional Details” describes the terrorists as “terrorist-inspired individuals” and “homegrown violent extremists.”

It also expresses concern for the victims of “threats and violence directed at particular communities and individuals across the country, based on perceived religion, ethnicity, or nationality.”

The bulletin also states that the federal government is “providing additional guidance to state and local partners on increased security measures” and tells the public to expect “heavy police presence” in public places and at public events.

It encourages people to report any signs of “potential radicalization and violence” and directs people to the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative website.

It also tells people not to change plans because of the threat.

“We urge Americans to continue to travel, attend public events, and freely associate with others but remain vigilant and aware of surroundings while doing so, particularly during the holidays.”

Johnson said the bulletin would be updated every six months or more often as needed.

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