By: Lauren Tropia
Permian Basin 360
September 5, 2014
MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) — The extreme militant group, ISIS continues to terrorize the Middle East, and threatens Americans, as the militia members have now murdered two American journalists. These terrible acts of violence have “local” law enforcement on standby.
“These people have said they’re going to takeover, they’re going to strike, they’re going to hit, and we’re going to be ready,” said Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.
Ready for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.
“We do have plans in place, we have an operational plan that’ll work,” said Painter.
Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says he’s armed with specific ISIS information from an online intelligence briefing.
“There are ISIS cells that are operating in Juarez, Mexico,” said Painter.
While Sheriff Painter doesn’t believe West Texans are in immediate danger, his staff preps for the worst.
“We practice things, we have tag teams that are ready to go,” said Painter.
To put Americans at ease, the Secretary of Homeland Security released a statement on the issue, saying quote, “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S.”
But painter isn’t taking any chances.
“If it happens, we’re going to handle it, I can promise you that,” said Painter.
ISIS claims it’s sending a message to the United States with the ruthless murders of two American journalists, but Sheriff Painter has a message of his own.
“I have no doubt, that if any of these fools show up we’ll be glad to take care of them,” said Painter.
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