Law enforcement in the nation’s capital has taken additional security measures following the attacks in Paris on Friday. The measures are said to be in response to a terror threat issued by the Islamic state.
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A video allegedly posted by the Islamic State on Monday threatens to a launch terror attack on Washington. It is not clear if the video is actually from the Islamic state or posted by one of its supporters or followers.
Despite the dubious nature of the video, the establishment media and the government are taking the threat seriously.
The FBI said “at this time, there is no specific or credible threat to the United States. We will not hesitate to adjust our security posture, as appropriate, to protect the American people.”
The new measures and heightened security posture are the responsibility of the Capitol Police Board, which oversees law-enforcement and security at the Capitol and surrounding buildings.
“Today’s threat environment dictates that we operate at a level at a high level of vigilance and employ agile and flexible tactics to secure the safety of the legislative branch against persistent dangers,” a statement said.
Police in Washington have urged Metro riders to report any suspicious activity.