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Homeland Security Investigating Roughly 900 Homegrown Terrorism Suspects in U.S.

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security estimates there are roughly 900 investigations into homegrown terrorists in the U.S., and a vast majority have ties to ISIS, the New York Daily News reports. 

A recent report by Homeland Security said investigations have netted 71 arrests related to ISIS.

The suspects range from Americans to immigrants.

But most suspects were American citizens in their early 20s.

Facing Growing Threat over Homegrown Terrorists, FBI Tries New Approach

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI scrambles to handle an increase in potential homegrown terrorists, the bureau is taking a new approach that would favor counseling over jail, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

The bureau is struggling to keep pace with the thousands of Americans believed to be supporting the interests of ISIS.

Especially concerning is the proliferation of teenage suspects.

“Nobody wants to see a 15-year-old kid go to jail if they don’t have to,’’ said one official working on the effort.

But, the FBI official emphasized, criminal charges would still be pursued if the suspect becomes more dangerous.

Not everyone agrees with this approach.

“I get the principle, but there are a lot of potential problems with this, and I think it’s a wrong move,’’ said Peter Ahearn a former FBI counterterrorism agent. “I’m not saying it shouldn’t be done but it shouldn’t be done by the FBI. That’s not the mission.’’

FBI Director Comey Says Homegrown Terrorists Pose Urgent Danger But Hard to Track

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said it’s impossible to gauge how many Americans are joining Islamic insurgents in Syria but emphasized that the threat is urgent, the Associated Press reports.

Comey said he’s concerned about what he called “lone wolves,” or people who are connecting online with others interested in jihad.

Those people are hard to track, said Comey, who originally estimated about 100 people have made the trip to Syria or at least tried to.

“When I give you the number of more than 100, I can’t tell you with high confidence that’s a 100 of 200, that’s a 100 of 500, that’s a 100 of a 1,000 or more, because it’s so hard to track,” Comey said.

The FBI has made several arrests in connection with terrorism in Syria.

 

Shouldn’t We Do More to Avoid Mass Deaths By Crazed Gunmen?

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

During my visits to Israel, the idea of security was never far off. At the train station, at the bus stop, I went through a metal detector. An armed guard checked through packages and asked if I was carrying a gun.

After Sept. 11, 2001, I thought the U.S. would have second thoughts about security in public places, particularly with the threat of terrorism looming here.

I figured maybe places like malls or movie theaters might consider screening customers.

But no. That hasn’t happened. Americans have a way of conveniently forgetting or deferring such concerns until the next tragedy.

All around the country, we’re seeing all too often crazed gunmen — homegrown terrorists if you will — open fire on innocent citizens. Each incident is a reminder that we probably aren’t doing enough.

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