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If You Can’t Call a Terrorist a Terrorist, Just What Can You Call Him? Or Her? by The Elephant's Child

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On November 12, President Obama said ISIS had been “contained.”The very next day ISIS launched a deadly attack in Paris that left 130 people dead. There appears to be a scandal developing within the intelligence community about the suppression of intelligence, or the disregard of intelligence about the rise of ISIS that did not fit the view of the Obama administration. a new report says there’s unprecedented isis mobilization-in-the-us According to Townhall, George Washington University’s Program on Extremism released a report that showed “unprecedented” ISIS related mobilization in the United States.

Seventy-one individuals have been charged with ISIS-related activities since March 2014. Fifty-six have been arrested in 2015 alone, a record number of terrorism-related arrests for any year since 9/11.   […]

The profiles of individuals involved in ISIS-related activities in the U.S. differ widely in race, age, social class, education, and family background. Their motivations are equally diverse and defy easy analysis.    […]

ISIS-related radicalization is by no means limited to social media. While instances of purely web-driven, individual radicalization are numerous, in several cases U.S.-based individuals initially cultivated and later strengthened their interest in ISIS’s narrative through face-to-face relationships. In most cases online and offline dynamics complement one another.The spectrum of U.S.-based sympathizers’ actual involvement with ISIS varies significantly, ranging from those who are merely inspired by its message to those few who reached mid-level leadership positions within the group.     […]

The 71 indictments are merely the tip of the iceberg, as U.S. authorities estimate that the number of individuals linked to ISIS is much larger. Our researchers identified a few dozen individuals with reported ISIS links who have not been charged. Similar to those in the legal system, the “At-Large” cohort have no common profile.

Among them, for example, are three teenage girls from the suburbs of Denver, two Somali-American sisters aged 15 and 17, and their 16-year-old friend of Sudanese descent. The trio lived a normal and comfortable life among their unsuspecting families and peers.

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“If You Can’t Call a Terrorist a Terrorist, Just What Can You Call Him? Or Her?”

Man-Caused Disaster Resource Coordinator?
Workplace Violence Facilitator?
Isolated Incident Associate?
Postal Worker?
Unknown Motivation Action Host?

Comment by Lon Mead

Oh I like those!

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