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originally posted by: Shamrock6
I'm wondering if the ambiguity of his statement "we have home grown terror investigations" in all 50 states was intention or not. He didn't say specifically ISIS targets in all 50 states, just home grown terrorists.
In testimony Thursday, Gen. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress the intelligence community now estimates that 3,400 citizens from Western nations have traveled to Syria and Iraq. That's 700 more than November's estimate of 2,700 -- though officials say some portion of the higher headcount represents improved intelligence, not new recruits.
The numbers, Clapper said, are critical to understanding the potential for attacks in the West.
"If ISIL were to substantially increase the priority it places on attacking the West rather than fighting to maintain and expand territorial control, then the group's access to radicalized Westerners who have fought in Syria and Iraq would provide a pool of operatives who potentially have access to the United States and other Western countries," he said.
what is it that stops them from making the same attempt in western lands, since that is where they are from, where they were born and raised? They have more care about these ideals in western lands than they do in lands where they are foreigners - that's only logical.
originally posted by: jrod
a reply to: ghostrager
I can't help but wonder how much a role the FBI had in setting up some these 'foiled' attacks. Anyone who is familiar with the FBI's counter terrorism is they will often 'recruit' troubled young naive people and give them enough bomb building parts so they can set them up and claim to be the heroes of the day.
I personally believe the white supremacist militia types are a much greater threat to US homeland than the 'ISIS' bogeyman.
originally posted by: EternalSolace
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
People are easier to influence/control when they're scared and afraid.
Precisely. Perhaps it's another push to get popular opinion back for the patriot act or to even announce some other act that's more absurd.