DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The nation’s leaders are reviewing ways to address what President Obama has called ‘evolving’ terror threats.
It’s been nearly a week since the San Bernardino attack.
Some state lawmakers and officials say the president is not doing enough to address these threats.
2 NEWS Reporter Beairshelle Edmé asked one local terrorism expert if the fight against terrorism is changing.
More than a decade after the largest terrorist attack against U.S., terrorism expert Vaughn Shannon, Ph.D says the nation has shifted.
He says that change has been in both who leads our fight and the fight itself.
Since the 9-11 attacks, fighting terrorism has been a top priority for the nation; however, since that tragedy there have been others on American soil.
“The big difference is the Obama administration was elected to, in their mind, end wars in the Middle East and change in the perspective of the United States in the eyes of the world,” Shannon explained.
This in comparison to President George W. Bush who Wright State political science professor says often made “unilateral” decision about the U.S. leading the fight terrorism.
But he also explains the two presidents faced different scenarios.
Asked how the face of terrorism has changed, Shannon answered, “The president indicated that if we have become great at defending large-scale attacks, we may see desperate groups and individual lashing out in smaller scale and seemingly random attack, some call them dart board attacks. Sort of pick a target and go.”
He says it’s similar to what happened in San Bernardino, where a couple carrying out acts of terrorism.
The political expert says that creates a different fight against terrorism, one that requires more intelligence gathering.
Another difference in strategy is directly related to the large group were now fighting, ISIS.
“What you’re seeing with that organization is the ability to fund and train people for attacks in various parts of the Middle East, but they’re also with their social media and their propaganda,” Shannon detailed. “They’re calling on individuals to engage in lone wolf attacks. Most people don’t, but the few who do they’re going to be the ones who are hard to stop.”
Shannon stresses that there needs to be a renewed focus on security intelligence. Monday, the Department of Homeland Security aimed to address that, as they announced it will be launching a newer, improved terror alert system.