SAN DIEGO -- Military families across the country are being warned to avoid posting information on social media that might make them targets for terrorists linked to the Islamic State, Fox 5 has learned.
The warning was sent out recently in an email from Marine headquarters regarding “the ISIL threat to military families." It tells them to avoid posting any military affiliations, locator pins showing where they are and pictures of deployed loved ones to social media sites.
“It’s a very scary time that we’re living in,” said Nicole Clair, whose husband is currently deployed in the Middle East. Even so, she said she is taking the warning with a grain of salt.
“(You) can’t live in fear,” she said.
Others are taking the warning to heart.
“I don’t do location of where we’re at when we do post a picture (on social media),” said a woman married to a Camp Pendleton Marine who didn’t want to be identified.
She said she is taking other precautions, choosing to keep her SUV free of bumper stickers.
“If you want to put your ‘I love my Marine’ (bumper sticker on your car) great. That’s just something that I’ve personally chosen not to highlight,” she said.
“These are good practices to have all the time” said Shawn VanDiver, a security expert with the Truman Defense Council.
He said the email suggests taking common-sense precautions against the potential threat from ISIS terrorists, but it shouldn’t be reason for undue alarm.
“We’re probably at no greater risk than we’ve been over the past 12 years,” VanDiver said.