DHS Secretary: Lone-wolf Attackers Could ‘Strike At Any Moment’

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated on Sunday that the United States is facing a new era in which a lone-wolf terrorist could “strike at any moment”.

“We’re very definitely in a new environment, because of ISIL’s effective use of social media, the Internet, which has the ability to reach into the homeland and possibly inspire others,” Johnson said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” using the administration’s preferred acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“Because of the use of the Internet, we could have little or no notice in advance of an independent actor attempting to strike.”

He went on to say that the federal government is working much more closely with state and local law enforcement agencies, encouraging them to be vigilant about what is happening in their individual communities.

Part of their ongoing efforts is meeting with Muslim community leaders, asking for their cooperation is helping to counter ISIS’s recruitment campaigns on social media, something Johnson called “slick” and “effective”.

Many lawmakers and experts are critical about the federal government’s attempt at challenging those campaigns, with Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) leading the pack and calling their efforts “laughable”.

Johnson of course took issue with Booker’s description, but did acknowledge that community leaders are in the best position to reach out via the internet and possibly prevent the indoctrination of those vulnerable enough.

“It has to come from Islamic leaders, who frankly can talk the language better than the federal government can,” he said.  “And so when I meet with community leaders, Islamic leaders, that’s one of the things that we urge them to do.”

The interview happened just two days after the military released information regarding increased security at U. S. military bases, concerned about impending terrorist activity and threats.  Since the event in Garland, Texas during a Mohammed exhibition in which ISIS has claimed credit, efforts to stem the tide are happening at every level of our government.

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Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.

Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.

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Patrick James
Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak. "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air." ~ John Quincy Adams

3 Comments on "DHS Secretary: Lone-wolf Attackers Could ‘Strike At Any Moment’"

  1. you come over here you will be shot

  2. When are you media people going to get it? Every time you mention one of these cowardly bastards that murder vulnerable and defenseless human beings, you are making them sound like they are all-consuming, horrifying and run like hell because they’re going to get you bullshit. When you do that, you’re just feeding into their bullshit. They love it when you call them terrorists. Of course they do, that’s what they want you to think. That’s what they want us to think. Lone Wolf? That’s hilarious. How about cowardly bastards? Or how about low-life assholes? Or how about maggots? Get my point? Quit writing things about them that give them erections. Sensationalizing them simply puts them up on a pedestal and makes YOU a victim of theirs. Get smart. Say what they really are and let it go at that.

  3. Bigbrother | May 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm |

    ok since you admit you can not stop the”lone wolf” terrorist can I have the backup of my data back please?

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