The task of managing refugee flow, and controlling radical Islamic terror, is multi-faceted. Sniffing out terrorists trying to blend in with those seeking asylum is one task. But, there’s another much more complicated layer. Some who may not be terrorists at the time of their migration become radicalized once in-country and then turn to terrorist death and destruction plots.
This latter group of people are much more difficult for immigration and law enforcement to sniff out. Questions surrounding how they become radicalized once accepted into their new host country, and, then, how to stop them before they’re able to inflict harm, are particularly vexing.
We’re well aware of two methods of radicalization: one is regular attendance at mosques, wherein jihad doctrine is preached. The other is exposure to recruitment materials online.
In light of the second, there’s this troubling news: the Washington Free Beacon is reporting that ISIS’ online propaganda draws more clicks in the USA than anywhere in Europe, and that we are the second most frequent location from which jihadist content is accessed.
This ain’t good:
Islamic State propaganda disseminated online draws more clicks in the United States than in any country in Europe despite much-publicized counter efforts by Silicon Valley, according to a new report published Monday night.
Analysts from the Britain-based Policy Exchange think tank reported that over a six-month span beginning in February, the United States was the second most frequent location from which jihadist content was accessed online, preceded only by Turkey.
By a conservative estimate, ISIS produces about 100 items of new content each week, including execution videos and orders for suicide attacks, despite significant territorial losses in Iraq and Syria over the past year.
The analysts said ISIS penetrates western social media platforms through an online “ecosystem” in which content is first disseminated to its core followers through the encrypted Telegram app, and then dispersed by so-called “missionaries” across various mainstream domains such as Twitter and Facebook. The strategy enables the group to reach tens of thousands of users worldwide, many of whom are based in the United States.
The report arrives before British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron this week to deliberate possible measures to crackdown on online extremism. Penalties could include fines against tech companies such as Google and Facebook if they fail to ramp up efforts to remove jihadist content.
The summit comes after the attempted bombing of a subway in London on Friday using an explosive device that can be built from instructions found online.”
With workers mopping blood up off their streets with startling regularity, this information is of keen interest to European leaders, but we in the U.S. would be wise to take heed as well. Why are so many people in our country watching videos of “infidel” executions and downloading bomb-making instructions?
These are questions we need to be diligent about answering lest we become like England. When it comes to jihadists, we do know this much: the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn, Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and a speaker, author, columnist and analyst for multiple print and broadcast media outlets. Follow him on on Facebook and at RMBlackConservatives.com]