• U.S. Rep Says the Obama Admin Has ONLY 16 Agents Fighting Homegrown ISIS Cyber Terror

    ISIS is growing its influence as a global terror group, especially in the space of social media. There have been a growing number of news stories about the swelling threat of homegrown ISIS and jihadist terrorism and how social media played a major roll in the radicalization process.

    So far, Americans have been lucky to avoid another 9/11, although there has been bloodshed at the hands of radicalized Americans.

    That said, you’d think that the Obama administration would have hundreds if not thousands of federal agents concentrating on combating the growing domestic cyber terror threat.

    Not even close.

    The Obama administration doesn’t even have a couple dozen agents devoted to stopping homegrown Islamic cyber terror.

    There are just 16 federal agents being tasked to combat counter online radicalization efforts in the United States by an ISIS organization that sends out at least 90,000 social media terror correspondences a day.

    “You would be shocked to find out that there are only 16 people across all of our federal government—with homeland security, the Department of Justice and the counterterrorism center—who are responsible for countering this radicalization,” said Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally.

    “Only 16 people,” McSally told Wolf Blitzer on CNN Wednesday. “We have 20,000 IRS agents who are making sure that you and I are paying our taxes and making the right deductions, but 16 people responsible for countering radicalization here at home.”

    McSally, a retired Air Force colonel, said she sees most of ISIS’s expansion through social media.

    About 57 people have been arrested in the United States so far, according to McSally who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. About 10 percent of the 57 arrested terrorists are women.

    “It keeps ticking up,” McSally said. “This is in 19 different states and growing. This is not somebody else’s neighborhood. This is happening right here in our own neighborhood.”

    “Part of what we need to do to address what is happening. We have got individuals being radicalized. So we have got to counter that—counter messaging, using social media ourselves—working with local law enforcement, working with faith leaders in the community . . . to make sure that those that we see who are taking that road to radicalization are somehow intercepted, and we counter that.”

    Slamming an easy target in the Obama White House, McSally said the feds are “moving at the speed of bureaucracy,” while ISIS is “moving at the speed of broadband.”

    “ISIS is its own sort of terror franchise that is in the last year has been stepping up their sophisticated use of social media,” she said. “We have got to be much more responsive to this change and this threat — and be more nimble to get out there and to counter it.”

    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.

    Trending Now on Daily Surge

    Send this to a friend