The Obama administration announced that it will be increasing safety measures and security checks at airports and federal buildings in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 17 dead last week.
“Given world events, this is a time for heightened vigilance by federal, state and local governments, critical infrastructure owners and operators, as well as the public,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The increased safety measures are not a response to any threats currently directed at the United States, but Johnson believes the attack on Western ideals shared by the French satirical newspaper is reason enough to take extra steps to protect U.S. national security.
Similar recent attacks are cited as further justification for the measures, such as the attack on Canadian Parliament in Ottawa and the hostage situation at a cafe in Sydney, Australia. All attacks have been connected with Islamic extremism.
The Transportation Security Administration began increasing the number of random searches of passengers and luggage at U.S. airports. The TSA will soon conduct an independent review to determine if additional safety measures are needed.