Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a sickening announcement Thursday afternoon. The federal government is hunting after an undisclosed number of terror suspects. Most of the people on their radar were inspired by ISIS.
Despite overwhelming victories in the Middle East, the fight against ISIS is nowhere near being over. The terrorist group has become adept at spreading their twisted ideology. An angry Muslim living in America can easily become radicalized.
“The largest category of counterterrorism cases in the United States under investigation today are of people inspired by ISIS,” Sessions said.
“We are not slowing down. The FBI currently has ongoing terrorism-related investigations in all 50 states.”
Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek militant who carried out Tuesday’s New York City terrorist attack, was just sane enough to fly under the FBI’s radar. He was a surly conservative Muslim with multiple social media ties to suspected terrorists.
However, Saipov never committed a crime. FBI agents looked into him a few years ago and were unable to build a case.
Sessions wants agents to look deeper into suspects’ online activity.
“Terrorist networks are becoming increasingly decentralized and harder to track. Terrorist groups increasingly use social networking sites to recruit new members and lone wolf attackers around the globe. They then can use encrypted communication channels to plan their crimes, some of which can be carried out within hours,” Sessions said.
The Trump administration is mounting a powerful anti-terrorism response.
“Terrorists should know: this administration will use all lawful tools at our disposal, including prosecution in Article III courts and at Guantanamo Bay… If anyone has any doubt about that… they can ask the dozens of enemy combatants in Guantanamo Bay,’ Sessions said.
(Source: New York Post)