US bolsters security at federal buildings as a “precaution”
Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security Secretary, announced that the Department of Homeland Security will be increasing security at certain federal buildings in the nation’s capital, as well as other major cities in the United States in response to threats from terrorist organizations and the recent attacks on the Canadian Parliament and Canadian military personnel, as well as other Western government institutions.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Johnson instructed the Federal Protective Service, which is tasked with protecting federal buildings, to “enhance its presence and security” at certain buildings in Washington DC and other cities in the United States. He described the move as a precaution, and warned that state and local governments as well as owners and operators of critical infrastructure should be “equally vigilant” in protecting against attacks.
“The reasons for this action are self-evident: the continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere, including against law enforcement and other government officials, and the acts of violence targeted at government personnel and installations in Canada and elsewhere recently. Given world events, prudence dictates a heightened vigilance in the protection of US government installations and our personnel,” said Johnson, according to The Huffington Post.