by THE HILL | KRISTINA WONG
The Pentagon on Friday raised protection levels for military bases around the country, officials announced Friday.
The decision was taken in response to an overall “heightened threat environment,” which included a recent shooting in Texas thought by some to have been connected to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — which claimed responsibility for the attack — at an event where contestants drew the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
Warren said the move was not taken in response to any specific threat, but the “decision to do this now is informed by a generally heightened threat level.”
“We’ve seen what happened in Texas, we’ve seen other social media and internet-based discussions and threats, and so we have detected a general increase in the overall environment that’s caused us to want to do this,” he said. “There is no known threat to any specific place.”