Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stood before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday and admitted that the Obama administration has “not contained [ISIS].”
And that just may turn out to be the understatement of the year.
According to a new report from the George Washington University Program on Extremism, ISIS is not just unconstrained. The terror group actually has hundreds of members and sympathizers actively operating and recruiting in America.
The program says it has identified at least 300 active, American-based ISIS social media accounts that are patrolling the Internet.
Their goal is, in part, to recruit home-grown terrorists every day, and help these recruits kill and terrorize Americans.
“ISIS-related mobilization in the United States has been unprecedented,” the report states. In addition to the 300-plus ISIS accounts on social media, as of this fall approximately 250 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria or Iraq to join ISIS.
But with social media, ISIS’ American operatives can make contact with people in every part of the country even with just a few hundred accounts.
“Social media plays a crucial role in the radicalization and, at times, mobilization of U.S.-based ISIS sympathizers,” according to the report. “The Program on Extremism has identified some 300 American and/or U.S.-based ISIS sympathizers active on social media, spreading propaganda, and interacting with like-minded individuals. Some members of this online echo chamber eventually make the leap from keyboard warriors to actual militancy.”