• Oh Great: American ISIS Militants ‘Have Likely Returned Undetected’

    Several U.S. citizens are suspected to have traveled overseas to join ISIS on their march through the Middle East. And now, U.S. intelligence officials are admitting that its had a hard time tracking these people–some of whom may have already returned to America.

    From Fox News:

    U.S. intelligence officials declined to say Wednesday exactly how many Americans who went overseas to fight with foreign militant groups have returned to U.S. soil to pose a terror threat — but acknowledged difficulties in identifying them and noted some have likely returned undetected.

    “We know what we know, but we understand there is intelligence we don’t have,” Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, testified on Capitol Hill. “But it’s possible there are great numbers.”

    He was joined before the GOP-led House Committee on Homeland Security by Michael Steinbach, an FBI counterterrorism expert, who told members: “This is a number we don’t know about,” regardless of the best intelligence.

    Officials testified that roughly 20,000 people from around the world — including at least 3,400 from Western countries — have flocked to join the Islamic State and other extremist groups.

    Rasmussen said the rate is “without precedent” and far exceeds anything similar in the past 20 years.

    This terrible news comes just one day after President Obama requested that Congress authorize military action against ISIS.

    Obama’s new plan has been bashed by both parties for a number of reasons. Obama is asking for “enduring offensive ground combat operations” against ISIS. Democrats think this gives Obama too much power, while Republicans think Obama’s request handicaps the military because the plan specifically forbids troops on the ground.

    In September 2014, 64 percent of Americans said they didn’t think Obama had a clear strategy to defeat ISIS. That number has jumped to 73 percent.

    A whopping 54 percent of Democrats don’t think Obama has a clear plan.

    Watch Obama’s ISIS ground troop request speech in the video above.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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