In the wake of deadly attacks in Paris and terror threats around the world, President Obama on Wednesday reassured the American people that the nation’s security bureaucracy is putting in overtime to keep the country safe.
“Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland,” he told reporters in a short statement from the White House’s Roosevelt Room. “Counterterrorism, security, and law-enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime, and they are continually monitoring threats at home and abroad, continually evaluating our security posture.
“They are constantly working to protect all of us,” he continued. “Their work has prevented attacks. Their efforts have saved lives. They serve every hour every day for the sake of our security security. They did so before Paris, and they do so now.”
He delivered the statement fresh off a briefing from his national security team on the nation’s homeland security in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. U.S. counterterrorism operations, he said, are going after the Islamic State, the terror outfit that claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks on the French capital, “wherever they hide.” The 65-nation coalition to fight the group has conducted airstrikes in Syria, along with taking out key leaders and cutting off the group’s financing and supply lines.