Even if the White House refuses to use the words “Islam” and “radical” in the same sentence, the FBI appears to be taking the threat of domestic terrorism seriously. They issued an alert on July 2 to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Wyoming about a group of Middle Eastern men threatening U.S. military families.
Last May, the wife of a U.S. Army soldier was approached in front of their Fort Collins, Colorado home by two Middle Eastern men, who claimed she was married to a U.S. interrogator. When she denied this, they laughed and drove away in a dark-colored, four-door sedan with two other Middle Eastern men.
Similar incidents near F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming were reported in June. The bulletin says the Middle Eastern men also try to gain personal information about military members and family members through intimidation, leaving family members fearful.
In a statement, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner said he was “alarmed” by the reports.
“This news comes less than two weeks after FBI Director James Comey, speaking in Denver, warned of the heightened threat from the Islamic State that Colorado specifically faces,” Gardner said.
The bulletin’s release comes amid the questioning of a person of interest after shots were fired a second consecutive day near Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in southern Mississippi. There were no reported injuries.
It follows the July 16 attack targeting two Chattanooga, Tennessee military installations, killing four U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor before he was himself killed. The FBI claims they can find no connection between the shooter and ISIS/ISIL.
The terror group has threatened several times to strike military members in their homes. In March, the group “Islamic State Hacking Division” posted a list of addresses belonging to 100 military members, calling for their beheadings, saying it leaked the information so that “our bothers residing in America can deal with you.”
The alert says the men haven’t been identified and that the FBI isn’t sure if the incidents involve the same men. They also ask that anyone in Colorado contact the FBI at (970) 663-1028, if approached. In Wyoming, contact the FBI at (307) 632-6224.
It’s difficult enough for the men and women in our uniformed services to do their jobs with President Obama as their Commander-in-Chief — but having to do their duty while worrying about the safety of their families on U.S. soil is simply appalling.