U.S on alert in light of recent attacks


It’s easy to say there are a lot of is- sues concerning safety happening in the world today.
Recent attacks include the ISIS terrorist attacks on Paris on Nov. 13 and the mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2.
People are looking for safe havens.
Although ISIS is a threat to people all over the world, it’s not a reason to live in fear. President Barack Obama ad- dressed the nation about ISIS on Dec. 6, in hopes of calming people’s fears of ISIS and future terrorist attacks.
“For seven years, I have confronted this evolving threat each morning in my intelligence briefing. And since the day I took this office, I have authorized U.S. forces to take out terrorists abroad pre- cisely because I know how real the dan- ger is. As Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than the securi- ty of the American people,” Obama said during a Dec. 6 news conference.
He highlighted points of how the United States will go after ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Obama directed most of the issues toward Congress urging them to make it more difficult for terrorists to acquire weapons in the United States and make official changes in the Visa program in light of the San Bernardino attack.
The large question on the publics mind is whether or not the United States will send more troops to Iraq and Syria to go after ISIS rather than the air strikes
that have been happening in the past year. With the point of action up in the air for the government, people in the U.S., and all over the world have the constant
worry of safety.
On Nov. 23, a worldwide travel alert
was sent out after the Paris terrorist attacks. This alert was not to instill fear in people but to notify them to be aware of surroundings in large areas and crowded
Be aware of your exits and what peo-
ple are doing around you.
There are no credible reports of
planned attacks in California, but citi- zens should always be aware.
Briana Heilman is a 20-year old Con- sumnes River College student from Lodi who is currently working as an au pair in Madrid, where she’s worked for two months.
After the Paris attacks, she said her parents wanted her to come home im- mediately.
“Initially I wasn’t scared,” said Heilman during a FaceTime interview from Ma- drid.
Her parents’ worry made her worry.
“This isn’t something to be taken lightly, then I went into panic mode,” she said.
Heilman will be traveling back to the states in two weeks after finishing out her program.
For those traveling, the U.S. Department of State recommends being aware of any threats associated with where you’re going. The State Department issues travel alerts and warnings for destinations at travel.state.gov