ISIS is making its mark in the Middle East, but it’s getting help from Americans to do so. Western Journalism reported that ISIS is recruiting from all across the United States, including Minnesota, identified as the state with the most American-born recruits.
FBI Director: Islamic State Recruiting ’24 Hours a Day’ in All 50 States http://t.co/2lPR14Ojsn
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The popularity of the Islamic State is surging, thanks in part to social media like Twitter and WordPress. ISIS uses twitter to highlight their atrocities, beheadings, murders, and suicide bombings. The draw to join ISIS is too much to resist for those who see ISIS in a positive light. That recruitment has attracted the attention of the FBI. On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey (pictured above) discussed the problem with reporters while at an FBI field office near Cincinnati. He said, “So we have investigations in all 50 states to try to identify, among hundreds of people who are consuming this poison, where are they on the stages from consuming to acting, and how do we stop them from acting.” Comey described the problem as a dichotomy. He said ISIS sends out its call to come to the war zone and fight, “or if you can’t come, kill where you are.” Comey said that it “is a two-pronged siren song that goes out through social media.”
Some are responding to that call. The FBI says it is working tirelessly to find those who are consuming the ISIS propaganda, as well as to locate those perpetrators that are recruiting for ISIS using social media streams. For those people, he has a warning.
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“This is not a game,” he said. “If we catch you doing this, you’re going to get a very long stretch in jail.”
What do you think the FBI should do with those individuals it finds using ISIS propaganda to recruit for their terrorist activities?