Speaking at the Association of the United States Army, Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson sought to tamp down speculative attempts to combine the two biggest news stories of the day: ISIS and Ebola.
Johnson confirmed that there is “no specific credible intelligence” that ISIS is seeking to attack the US homeland with Ebola in any way, though he did add that ISIS is “very, very dangerous” even without Ebola.
The speculation began last week when Naval War College professor Captain Al Shimkus said he wouldn’t be surprised if ISIS just sent like half a dozen guys with Ebola into the United States to attack some city.
There doesn’t appear to have been any reason to think that would be the case, except that it would be theoretically possible. The Ebola outbreak is in West Africa, far from ISIS territory, and there’s been no sign of ISIS (or indeed anyone) trying to flock to the region to catch Ebola as a weapon of war.