Thousands of federal government buildings saw increased security this morning. More than 1.4 million visitors stream through the doors of more than 9,500 U.S. office buildings each day.
The Department of Homeland Security ordered the beefed-up security as a formal response to increased ISIS threats and the recent fatal attack on a Canadian soldier guarding that nation's grave of the unknown soldier. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson dialed up something called the Federal Protective Service, part of the DHS, which in turn will contract to hire thousands of additional armed guards at the federal buildings.
Johnson issued the following the statement Oct. 28:
“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.”
DHS officials won't be specific about its security plans, other than to say it would be dialing up its armed-guard presence.