An unidentified “senior law enforcement official” tells the New York Times that, while the FBI had been aware of Garland, Texas jihadist attacker Elton Simpson for nearly a decade, they did not follow his violent, pro-jihad tweets as closely as they could have because “there are so many like him” that the agency is overwhelmed.
Well, the situation can be improved if we had real leadership in the White House who stressed the importance of monitoring muzzies and their organizations which operate carte blanche in the U.S. And it would greatly help if the State Department wasn’t so fucking generous with visas and permitting the entry of just anyone, especially foreign nationals from Islamic nation-states.
In a report highlighting the long paper trail Simpson left behind of supporting and engaging with jihadists online, particularly on Twitter, the Times notes that the sheer barrage of information can make it difficult for law enforcement to identify legitimate and imminent threats out of a sea of wishful jihadist thinkers.
……while the center was heavily monitored due to a barrage of terrorist threats online, Simpson himself had only been cursorily monitored. He nonetheless was extremely active on Twitter: “Mr. Simpson, a convert to Islam with a long history of extremism, regularly traded calls for violence on Twitter with Islamic State fighters and supporters, as well as avowed enemies of Pamela Geller, the organizer of the cartoon contest.”
Simpson appeared to be communicating extensively in particular with Mohamed Abduhallahi Hassan, an American who is currently waging jihad with the terrorist group Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Hassan is believed to have been the first jihadist online to highlight the Draw Muhammad contest and call for an attack on the event.
Despite Simpson’s public calls for jihad on Twitter, one law enforcement official told the New York Times that this did not make him unique or demanding of special monitoring. “The ISIS guys are talking to these wannabes on Twitter all day long,” the official told the New York Times. “It’s like the devil is sitting on their shoulder saying, ‘Come on, they’re insulting the prophet, what are you going to do about it?’”
The official added that “There are so many like him that you have to prioritize your investigations.”
Your priorities are fucked.
……In none of the known cases was there a direct physical meeting or phone conversation with a member of a terrorist group; the ties had all been forged online.
United States attempts to counter ISIS recruiting online previously have greatly failed. “Think Again, Turn Away,” a program by the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications consisting mostly of a government Twitter account scolding jihadists in public tweets, has largely been considered a failure, with the head of SITE Intelligence Group calling it a “gaffe machine,” “distressing,” and “embarrassing.”
In February,… Obama had ordered a major overhaul of both the center and the program, focusing on not just dissuasion on social media, but “coordinat[ing] and amplify[ing] similar messaging by foreign allies and nongovernment agencies, as well as by prominent Muslim academics, community leaders and religious scholars who oppose the Islamic State… and who may have more credibility with ISIS’ target audience of young men and women than the American government.”
That’s bullshit on stilts. Obama hasn’t done a goddamned thing except pander to muzzie terrorist facilitators. They just need hugs and jobs and to have their grievances addressed. And Christians need to get off their high horse.
They’re overwhelmed because the American people haven’t decided to put an end to the muslim threat.