Government says homegrown terrorist threat getting bigger

  • 4 October 2016
  • NormanL
Government says homegrown terrorist threat getting bigger

The Department of Homeland Security released a joint intelligence bulletin in August and it shows the government becoming more and more concerned about homegrown terrorists targeting civilians:

The bulletin states that a combination of factors ranging from “perceived lower levels of security” as well as “violent extremist messaging glorifying recent attacks on civilians” have motivated this shift in tactics.  The bulletin also highlights a newer trend which has led HVEs to select “familiar targets of personal significance to simplify plotting,” often capitalizing on preexisting grievances or a desire for revenge.  This is particularly relevant to cases such as the December 2015 attack on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, during which Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed fourteen people at a training event and Christmas Party hosted by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.  Farook, who worked for the county as a health inspector, had been attending the event earlier in the day prior to conducting the attack.  In another example cited in the bulletin, an eighteen-year-old freshman at the University of California at Merced named Faisal Mohammad stabbed a classmate and three other individuals at the college before being shot by a campus police officer.  The FBI later stated that Mohammad had been viewing extremist material online and they believe the attack was inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

To help prevent HVE attacks, the bulletin recommends that state and local authorities be vigilant and “report suspicious activities related to potential mobilization to violence in the Homeland by US-based individuals inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.”

There can be no doubt that the threat of lone wolf attacks, which are later claimed by or traced to larger, international terror organizations, has become a greater concern.

The question is how, besides noting suspicious behavior, the government intends to combat the threat.

Here's one simple thing they could do right now, at no cost: call the attacks what they are...radical islamic terrorism.

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