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The FBI Needs to Think More Strategically

YYW
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5/8/2015 7:37:48 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
http://www.usatoday.com...

Here, we learn of the director of the FBI's grave concern that perhaps thousands are vulnerable to ISIS persuasion. I share his concern. To the extent that people --but especially people who are geographically located in the homeland-- desire to engage in ISIS inspired behavior, we have a serious problem.

The FBI director tells us that ISIS (read: bastards who the US should have dealt with before they had a chance to come into existence.... *sigh*) is using Twitter to recruit and radicalize people.

The profile of people who "fit the bill" for persuadability is easy to figure out.... 14-35 year old males with cultural ties to Islam; especially male children within that age range of first generation immigrants or immigrants who fled to the United States under duress.

What do we learn? The FBI is stepping up its efforts to survey people. Ostensibly, this appears to be a good idea. In realty, this has been pathetically mishandled for two reasons: (1) the last thing that any apparatus of governmental surveillance needs to do is inform potential subjects of observation that they are being observed, and (2) this totally misses the point of preventing terrorism, in the alternative, it could amplify hostility towards the American government.

Strategically, I assume that the FBI director thought "hey, I'm going to announce this because it makes me look good and it might deter some young and dumb Muslim boys from doing stupid things." The problem is that WE ALL KNOW that the FBI (and every other apparatus of government with law enforcement capacity) directly or indirectly engages in surveillance. That's not a bad thing, but it's the kind of thing that needs not to be announced. The American people don't want to be reminded of it, and the subjects of criminal profiling don't need to be reminded of it either. It's also going to encourage the targets of their activity to take greater efforts to conceal their actions. So, this was mishandled.

It's also misguided at best; deluded at worst, because what the FBI needs to be doing is working --directly-- with Islamic communities to solve this problem. The reason is because local people, on the ground, who know people, will pick up on things that are potentially going awry. The Muslim parents who brought their kids to this country don't want their kids to be radicalized, in the same way that the FBI would like to avoid that as well. This might build some trust between the Islamic communities in the United States, and federal apparatuses of law enforcement. It will also make substantially easier the task of FBI analysts in allocating their resources, because it will be a step in the direction of enabling them to focus only on people who actually need to be focused on.

I mean, it's really very basic spy craft. Sorting through data and internet content with algorithms is -while in some cases reliable- not a substitute for ground level intelligence. Ground level intelligence is the bread and butter of identifying and neutralizing threats... as anyone who has even an elementary understanding of what's at stake here understands.
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5/8/2015 9:54:11 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
America supported Saddam a lot in the Iran-Iraq War, and a lot of Saddam's remnants became the core of ISIS. Even today, ISIS doesn't have many gripes with Israel because its primary focus is on making Islam a purely Sunni religion. Heck, it's even threatened to declare war on Hamas:

http://www.haaretz.com...

http://www.israelnationalnews.com...

The FBI needs to understand what ISIS is really after if it seeks to prevent terrorist attacks.

(It should probably start with understanding that 60-70% of Jews, the nationality of Israel, vote Democrat, and Democrats embrace multiculturalism. Likewise, it should understand that those Jews who vote Democrat are reformed, not Orthodox, Jews.

On the other hand, the FBI should also understand that radical Islam is against decadent Western lifestyles... which is exactly what Democrats embrace in the name of deconstructing social values.)
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5/8/2015 9:59:44 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
(As a side note, Osama Bin Laden was an idiot. Anyone with a brain about American politics knows that fiscal responsibility and militant foreign policy go hand in hand. He was asking to get smashed after directing a plane to crash into the WTC.

If he really wanted to go after his target, he would have crashed a plane into the Golden Gate Bridge out of symbolism against San Francisco, or dumped anthrax over Hollywood film studios. Clearly, he forgot that capitalism wasn't the enemy. Cultural imperialism was.)
FaustianJustice
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5/9/2015 12:03:57 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/8/2015 9:59:44 PM, Daktoria wrote:
(As a side note, Osama Bin Laden was an idiot. Anyone with a brain about American politics knows that fiscal responsibility and militant foreign policy go hand in hand. He was asking to get smashed after directing a plane to crash into the WTC.

If he really wanted to go after his target, he would have crashed a plane into the Golden Gate Bridge out of symbolism against San Francisco, or dumped anthrax over Hollywood film studios. Clearly, he forgot that capitalism wasn't the enemy. Cultural imperialism was.)

OKC Federal building style attacks during a finals game in a sport of choice, or the various Monday Night Football (beginning of the season) all going up on National TV? I think that is a much more terroristic attack, as well as one that might garner less repercussion.
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5/9/2015 12:29:16 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
No FBI need to find ISIS members in America.

The drawing contest in Texas showed America how to find these ISIS members. Have Mohammad drawing contests and Koran burning gatherings, the violent extremists will come to martyr themselves.
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5/9/2015 7:49:49 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
The internet was created for the U. S. department of defense, its a weapons system. Radical militants have learned how to us this weapon.
So along with identity theft and all the other computer crimes the net is now being used to create enemy soldiers who are already within our borders. When you take that into consideration with the way the net has put a virtual dirty book store in the computers of our children, you have to admit that the internet has gone too far and now we must eliminate it.