Selfridge Air National Guard base on alert after ISIS threat
Tonight, ISIS claims to have recruits on American soil ready to attack. Now, U.S. military bases across the country are raising the threat level including on Selfridge Air National Guard base.
Nobody FOX 2 spoke with Friday wanted to alarm people, but said that in this post-9/11 world we live in, these are the kind of threats that have to be taken seriously.
It was just a few weeks ago the base deployed more than 300 airmen and 12 A-10 aircrafts to help rain down terror on the group so used to dishing it out.
But now the threat is hitting close to home.
"We have got to take all of these threats seriously," said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.
As ISIS ramps up the rhetoric US military bases are ramping up security levels days after ISIS claimed responsibility for a terror attack in Texas and boasted having trained soldiers in Michigan ready to follow suit.
"I've been at a meeting with the FBI director where he's talked about these cells or individuals that are here that are possibly being recruited by social media," Wickersham said.
Wickersham was put on notice about selfridge raising its threat level from alpha to bravo. His deputies are on alert.
"We put out a reminder to our deputies that are patrolling around that area to be vigilant," he said. "And again when we see suspicious activity around that area the base our deputies will stop and investigate. And if Selfridge sees anything they immediately call us."
Selfridge security guards check id cards for employees and visitors as well as conduct random vehicle searches. That will continue during the heightened threat level as isis continues to flex
"Knowing Selfridge is right here in our own backyard, if they're heightening their threat level, we as citizens need to be very concerned about what's going on in and around our neighborhoods," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.
Hackel said the threat ISIS poses on American soil should compel lawmakers to increase, not cut back on defense spending.
"We need to look at what we're doing when it comes to spending and amping up what we're doing in military spending," Hackel said. "To make sure we're protecting those citizens that rely upon us in government. And it's just not happening right now."