Last night, amid the tragedy and ongoing drama that continues to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, a shocking image appeared which should serve as a reminder for every American about the threat we face from jihad... In this image from CNN's coverage of the events in Ferguson, a marcher can be clearly seen in the background holding a sign that says: "ISIS HERE."
ISIS, of course, is the acronym formerly used to refer to the jihadist terrorist organization that is widely referred to as the "Islamic State."
The Islamic State has committed unspeakable atrocities in the Middle East, slaughtering Christians and Muslims alike.
But they also are targeting America, both with potential acts of jihad and propaganda.
In fact, the ISIS sign at the Ferguson march is perhaps no surprise given that the Islamic State has made extensive use of social media to conduct outreach to protesters there.
We can hope that the Islamic State's efforts to win support for their cause here in the U.S. will be totally unsuccessful, but hope is not a strategy.
And, as we have warned repeatedly already, there is no doubt that the Islamic State wants to target the U.S. and Americans both here and around the world.
In fact, just Monday, the Islamic State issued another threat to the U.S., promising "We will drown all of you in blood."
In an interview with VICE media, Islamic State spokesman Abu Mosa had this to say: "I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House."
Last week, an unnamed intelligence official told the Washington Post that the Islamic State viewed conflict with the U.S. as inevitable.
It can't be emphasized enough how important it is that America remain vigilant at this time. There are many competing news stories out there right now, but none of the issues that America must face are as significant as the threat from jihad. Our national security and the safety of our citizens must remain paramount.
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