CNN reported Monday that the head of U.S. Cyber Command stated that the ability of ISIS to recruit adherents online is “a trend that is clearly increasing, not decreasing” and that the terror group’s ideology is “increasingly resonating” with Americans.
Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, also said that the terror group’s recent efforts to use cyber capabilities as a weapons system rather than only for recruiting and spreading ideology is a “great concern” to the NSA.
The defense budget, however, allocates nothing to homegrown extremism while more money, millions of dollars, are being spent on climate change, said Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. He should have said billions, not millions
Part of the Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies’ budgets are spent on climate change instead of on defense of the nation.
A total of 18 government agencies are now spending parts of their budgets on climate change to varying degrees. Since 2008, the federal government spent more than $70 billion on climate change by 2012 with the DOD spending $4 billion of its budget on climate.
“I think there’s been an uptick in the stream of threats out there,” Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re seeing these directives on almost a daily basis. It’s very concerning. Terrorism has gone viral.”
IS has thousands of US followers and is steering them into english-language forums where they encourage followers to travel to Syria to join the caliphate or to “kill where you are”, Comey said on Thursday.
“The siren song sits in the pockets, on the mobile phones, of the people who are followers on Twitter,” Comey said. “It’s almost as if there’s a devil sitting on the shoulder, saying ‘Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill,’ all day long.”
McCaul said Comey was “exactly right” and that trying to find ISIS’ calling for terror attacks across the broad spectrum of social media is “like trying to find a needle in a haystack.”
He also said the terror threat now is “one of the highest that I’ve ever seen” and warned of similar incidents in the future.
On State of the Union, Sen. Ron. Johnson, chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the U.S. is “certainly vulnerable” to becoming a new front line in the fight against ISIS.
The attacks they execute convey a “winner’s message.”
On Monday ISIS Twitter accounts threatened attacks in London. They also threatened a cyber attack on US Internet services. They didn’t do it yet but they still win. It took most of the day before the accounts were taken down.
Former deputy CIA Director Mike Morell said that ISIS is the first terror group to threaten cyber warfare. Terrorists prefer to see things blow up.
Jeh Johnson and Mike Morell have warned of the growing threat but let’s keep spending defense money on climate change, even though there are 16 other agencies doing the exact same thing.