The head of the FBI’s counterterrorist division, Michael Steinbach (photo below), is worried about homegrown terrorism.
“There are individuals that have been in communication with groups like ISIL who have a desire to conduct an attack” and those people are living in the U.S. right now, Steinbach said.
The FBI is working around the clock but they can’t track everyone who travels to a terrorist country and comes back.
The Problem is that the FBI can’t track everyone who goes to Europe. From Europe, it’s easy to get to Syria via Turkey, he explained.
He also can’t say if teens have gotten over there successfully.
They have recruited U.S. children as young as 15.
ISIS is actively recruiting women on social media.
There are adults who are inspired by terrorists and encourage their children and other relatives to engage in terrorism.
“There are individuals out there who are inspired by the message of terrorist groups and they encourage family members, including their children, to follow that path,” Steinbach told CNN.
The wannabe terrorists in the United States can’t simply called a “sleeper cell”. Steinbach said that is “overly simplistic.” The threat, he said, is “much more complicated.””On one end of the spectrum, you’ve got an individual or individuals who have traveled overseas, trained, returned to their homeland to conduct an attack,” he said. “On the far other end of the spectrum, you’ve got somebody who’s never left their homeland, who’s been inspired and somewhat on their own conducts an attack. The true threat lies somewhere along that spectrum.”
The FBI is using social media, not to invade privacy, but to find and root out potential terrorists.
The threats are real, constant and include criminal threats, counter-intelligence-based threats, cyber threats and terrorism threats.