Obama Should Raise the U.S. Security Threat Level to “Elevated”
U.S. Senate Candidate Cam Cavasso calls on President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security to raise the U.S. terrorism threat advisory level because of the potential for retaliation for 243 U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Cam Cavasso stated today “The possibility of retaliation on U.S. soil by ISIS is a real threat. Despite acknowledgement of this threat the U.S. administration continues to maintain the U.S. security threat level below what it should be. On Friday September 26, 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said members of the Khorasan group “were actively plotting attacks against the United States and our allies.” If that is correct, should our threat level not be raised to “elevated”?”
The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) is a two-level terrorism threat advisory scale used by the United States Department of Homeland Security since April 26, 2011. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s webpage, as of September 2014[update], the NTAS has never issued an alert:
“Last Published Date: September 5, 2014 
There are no current alerts.
There are no expired alerts.”
Under the National Terrorism Advisory System, alerts will be issued under either the category of “elevated” or “imminent.” The Department of Homeland Security has this information on their frequently asked questions:
“Q – How does the new system work?
A – When there is credible information about a threat, an NTAS Alert will be shared with the American public. It may include specific information, if available, about the nature of the threat, including the geographic region, mode of transportation, or critical infrastructure potentially affected by the threat, as well as steps that individuals and communities can take to protect themselves and help prevent, mitigate or respond to the threat. The advisory will clearly indicate whether the threat isElevated, if we have no specific information about the timing or location, or Imminent, if we believe the threat is impending or very soon.”
Cavasso added “If the government is aware of credible information regarding a threat, and I would think the Defense Secretary acknowledging an active plot by the Khorasan group suggests they are, then the U.S. threat level should be raised to “elevated” even if we don’t know any timing or location of a possible event at this time. For the safety and security of our citizens I, therefore, call on the Obama administration to raise the threat level to “elevated.”
“Additionally, and in light of the recent Oklahoma incident of beheading, people across the U.S should remain vigilant that even though some incidents may not be directly organized by ISIS. There remains a possibility of ISIS inspired or mimicked incidents by some unstable or violent individuals here in the U.S., so I urge people to keep a watch out.” adds Cavasso.