The number of active investigations into the threat of ISIS to the United States has topped 1,000 in recent weeks, according to the FBI.
As Europe remains besieged by the terror organization’s jihadi tactics, the United States has been thankfully quite in terms of radical Islamic holy war. This is due, in no small part, to the European Union’s unbelievably dangerous insistence on loosening the continent’s border security measures into order to relocate a greater number of middle eastern migrants. This has caused a massive influx of ISIS operatives who have openly admitted to using the Syrian refugee crisis as a Trojan Horse into Europe.
In the United States, however, President Donald Trump has been working diligently to curb similar threats. Between his twice-stymies, now-partially-installed “travel ban” from terror-rich nation, and the overall heavy-handed attitude being exuded by the administration in regards to terror, ISIS has been quite quiet within America’s borders. According to the FBI, however, that is not the entire story.
“Shortly after Justin Sullivan was sentenced to life in prison for planning to commit mass murder in support of the Islamic State, U.S. Attorney Jill Rose of Charlotte confirmed that investigations of other suspected ISIS sympathizers continue in North Carolina.
“A domestic-terrorism expert told the Observer this week that the North Carolina probes are among some 1,000 active FBI investigations into ISIS-related threats encompassing all 50 states.
“One case involves a 29-year-old Waxhaw man accused of lying to the FBI when he denied he told someone he planned to fly to Syria to fight with ISIS while helping others get there to do the same, according to a bill of indictment unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte.
“Alexander Samuel Smith is accused of meeting with someone in Matthews in 2014 whom he thought was an ISIS representative but who was really an FBI confidential source, the indictment said. He offered lower-fare ‘buddy passes’ he said he could get from his girlfriend, who worked at a U.S. airline at the time, court documents show. Smith is charged with two counts of making a false statement to an agency of the United States, according to the indictment.
“Keri Farley, the FBI’s assistant special agent in charge of North Carolina, said Sullivan’s arrest saved lives. But she added that ‘homegrown violent extremists’ are becoming harder to stop.”