Despite what Obama has said in the past, the terrorist group known as ISIS is not losing ground.
Not only are they expanding across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, they seem to have a powerful recruiting tool in the form of their online social networks.
It seems their vile and destructive rhetoric–which is often preached in mosques across America–is reaching young Americans. These people never went to training camps, they are often native-born United States citizens. Yet they have been warped by these radicals to hate their own country and make efforts in aiding terrorism.
While we may never fully understand why an American would do this, it is a growing concern. A concern the FBI is not taking lightly.
From ABC News:
A veteran police officer with one of the nation’s most prominent transit systems appeared in federal court today in connection to charges that he tried to help ISIS.
Authorities believe that officer Nicholas Young, while working for the Metro Transit Police Department in Washington, D.C. — a community he swore to protect — was trying to assist ISIS operatives find more ways to communicate in secret.
Young allegedly purchased technology-related items to send to the ISIS operatives so they could evade authorities when contacting one another.
Instead of allegedly engaging with true ISIS associates, however, Young was actually in touch with FBI informants and agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Washington, which has been conducting a long undercover investigation in the case, officials said.
It’s shocking to think that a man sworn to protect American lives was seeking to aid terrorists. Apparently, Young has a history connecting him with radical Islamic terror. The FBI has been watching him for over 5 years, ever since a buddy of his was arrested.
Law enforcement first interviewed Young in September 2010 in connection with an acquaintance, Zachary Chesser, who had been arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, according to the Justice Department. Over the next several years, in interactions with undercover officers and an FBI informant — many of them recorded — Young repeatedly expressed his interest in terrorism-related activity, the Justice Department said today.
While no details have yet emerged to explain why this man decided to support ISIS, local authorities stressed no real threat exists in D.C. Thankfully Young was intercepted by undercover FBI agents before he could do actual damage.
But it leaves us with a real problem. If a police officer, who was trained to serve and protect, could become an agent for terror, who couldn’t? How did this American turn against his country? How do we as a society prevent this from happening again?
In the past three years, more than 100 Americans have been charged with trying to join ISIS or are suspected of supporting the group in some other way.
That’s far too many. How many more have yet to be caught by the FBI? With each passing day, Donald Trump’s strong stance on immigration and terrorism is becoming more plausible. It might be the only way to protect our country.
Source: ABC News