Viral Hero Marine's Response to ISIS Social Media Threat? 'Dare You to Show Up'
A few days ago, Fox News' Catherine Herridge reported on an FBI/DHS warning to U.S. service members and veterans about their social media accounts and ISIS.
The government warned that ISIS and its sympathizers may be tracking U.S. service members on social media, asking current and former soldiers to scrub posts that could identify where they live and make sure their profiles are private.
Authorities are concerned that soldiers' personal information could be sent to a lone wolf terrorist already inside the U.S.
In response, one American hero is daring the jihadists to come after him.
— Dakota Meyer (@Dakota_Meyer) December 3, 2014
Marine veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer had this message for ISIS, via Scout.com:
Let me say what a lot of us are thinking...If ISIS is using social media to track me, that's a dream come true in my book. These guys are a bunch of bullies that just prey on the weak," says Meyer. "I can't travel over there anymore now that I'm out of the Marine Corps, so having them come to me would help out a lot. ISIS targeting the U.S. military is like a sheep targeting a lion. Hopefully one of these assholes actually shows up. They'll definitely get more than they want at my place!
Actually, I think this warning should be taken seriously by all military members. I would hate for ISIS to go to anyone else's home and for me to miss the opportunity to meet and greet them. I'll take the responsibility to be the liaison for the military. I live in Columbia, Kentucky—oops, is that too much information? Oh well.
The former Marine received the Medal of Honor in 2011, becoming the first Marine to receive the honor for valor in Iraq or Afghanistan. Meyer was credited with saving the lives of 36 men during a Taliban ambush in 2009.
At the ceremony (video below), President Obama described Meyer's acts of bravery as a story that "will be told for generations."
UPDATE: Sgt. Meyer talked about his defiant message to the terrorist army on "Fox and Friends" Thursday morning.
He said all he's doing is expressing the "obvious" sentiments of so many military members and veterans. Meyer pointed out that terrorists want Americans to be scared to live their lives.
"I’m not gonna change what I’m proud of, I’m proud to be an American, I’m proud to be a U.S. Marine, I’m proud to have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, I’m proud and I'm not going to change that because someone may not like it, or someone might hurt me because of it and as Americans, we need to feel the same way. We’re not going to change our way of life because some idealistic, radical bullies want to prey on the weak," said Meyer.
He explained that he's not trying to threaten or taunt ISIS.
"At what point did we start bowing down to other people because of what they might do? We're Americans. They're making these crazy threats of they're gonna raise their flag above the White House. They're not gonna do it. There's no flag that'll rise above the United States of America besides the American flag," said Meyer.
Watch the interview below.