Homeland Security Ramping Up Security for Federal Buildings

A Department of Homeland Security officer stands guard outside the federal court building, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (Photo: Jerry Larson, AP)
A Department of Homeland Security officer stands guard outside the federal court building, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Waco, Texas.
(Photo: Jerry Larson, AP)

The Department of Homeland Security is ramping up security at an undisclosed number of federal buildings in Washington and other major cities, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.

Johnson did not cite any specific threat, saying the enhanced security was a “precautionary step.”

The Federal Protective Service provides security for more than 9,500 federal buildings throughout the country. It does not patrol the White House, Capitol Hill or Supreme Court.

“The reasons for this action are self-evident: the continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere, including against law enforcement and other government officials, and the acts of violence targeted at government personnel and installations in Canada and elsewhere recently,” Johnson said in a statement.

SOURCE: USA Today –¬†Gregory Korte

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