Reports: Security for Bachmann increased after threat from ISIS


Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is reportedly under a closer security watch following an online threat from a militant Islamic group.

Politico reports the threat from the group Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL, was deemed to be serious enough that U.S. Capitol Police have been providing the Minnesota Republican with her own security detail since last week.

Neither Capitol Police nor Bachmann's staff would comment on the security measures, but Politico attributes the information to "multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the situation." Their report says officers with the Capitol Police's Dignitary Protection Division were briefed about the Islamic State threat.

Fox News says a source confirmed that Bachmann has been provided with a "limited" protection detail, adding that it is not the type of around-the-clock protection provided to Congressional leaders.

Bachmann is not seeking re-election to Congress. Politico says the additional security will continue through the end of her House term in January. It's unclear if the new security detail will accompany her to Minnesota during that time.

The president of the Congressional Institute, Mark Strand tells the Christian Science Monitor it would be highly unusual for a member of Congress outside of a leadership position to receive special protection outside of Washington. "If they decided that this was needed then they have some good reason for it," Strand tells the Monitor.

Bachmann featured in Islamic State video

According to several reports, the additional security for Bachmann was sparked by the recent release of an Islamic State video that features remarks the Congresswoman made in a September speech.

In an address at the Value Voters Summit, Bachmann spoke about the rise of radical Islam and how the U.S. should respond to jihadists.

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As The Blaze reports, the Islamic State video released early this month includes a clip from Bachmann's speech in which her voice is recognizable but her image is blurred – possibly because she's without the head and body coverings Islamic rules require women to wear.

The Blaze says the remarks highlighted in the Islamic State video come from a portion of Bachmann's speech in which she described how to defeat Islamic jihadists.

“You kill their leader, you kill their counsel, you kill their army until they wave the white flag of surrender. That’s how you win a war,” Bachmann said.

To view the Islamic State video click here.

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