On Monday the FBI issued a bulletin to U.S. military members and their families warning that the Islāmic State is using social media to track them leading to fears ISIS could learn their location and possibly attack them at home.
But Marine veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer says it would be a “dream come true” if members of the Islāmic State(ISIS) were in fact tracking him on social media and he issued a daring challenge on twitter(see twitter embed at end of post) – a photo of himself sitting, reading a book and holding a sword across his lap with the words “Wonder if any ISIS members want to drop by and join my book club.”
Meyer told Scout.com ISIS consisted of “a bunch of bullies.” who prey on the weak and even went so far as to mention the name of his hometown:
“Let me say what a lot of us are thinking … If [the Islamic State] 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.”
“Actually, I think this warning should be taken seriously by all military members. I would hate for [the Islamic State] 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,”Meyer added.
On Wednesday Meyer reiterated his stance on the situation to MilitaryTimes.com:
“I take the threat seriously, but you are talking about a bunch of cowards. We’re not cowards. We’re the most feared nation on the face of the planet, and we’re worried about some radical group, some extremists that prey on the weak? I mean, that’s like sheep preying on lions.”
“The wrong people to be targeting in the United States of America is our military, because [they are] the finest men and women on the face of the earth,” he said.
“I’m just tired of us as Americans living in fear. I want people to know: Stand up to this; stand up to these people. I don’t want to put anybody else in harm. They can come after me.”
Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011 for his actions during the 2009 Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan and is the youngest living Marine to receive the honor.
Besides being an all around military bad-ass, Meyer is also an accomplished author. His latest book, “Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War,” -“tells the full story of the chaotic battle of Ganjigal for the first time, in a compelling, human way that reveals it as a microcosm of our recent wars. Meyer takes us from his upbringing on a farm in Kentucky, through his Marine and sniper training, onto the battlefield, and into the vexed aftermath of his harrowing exploits in a battle that has become the stuff of legend.”
The book is currently available on Amazon in a number of different formats(including kindle) and has more than 500 reviews with a near perfect 4.5 stars average customer rating.
Praise for “Into the Fire:”
“A story of men at their best and at their worst . . . leaves you gaping in admiration at Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer’s courage.”—National Review
“Meyer’s dazzling bravery wasn’t momentary or impulsive but deliberate and sustained.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[A] cathartic, heartfelt account . . . Combat memoirs don’t get any more personal.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A great contribution to the discussion of an agonizingly complex subject.”—The Virginian-Pilot
“Black Hawk Down meets Lone Survivor.”—Library Journal
A similar intelligence bulletin was issued by the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange warning of possible lone wolf terror attacks on U.S. soldiers here in the homeland by Islāmic extremists who have been encouraged by terror groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda to seek out and murder U.S. military personnel at their homes. The bulletin, titled “Continued Threat to Military Personnel from al-Qaeda Inspired Homegrown Violent Extremists,” was issued on July 8, 2014.
— Dakota Meyer (@Dakota_Meyer) December 3, 2014