What are the abilities of ISIS in the US? Last September I attended a security briefing in Washington DC. At the time Michelle Bachman was still in congress. She had a permanent seat on the Intelligence Committee and was an overseer of the CIA, the NSA, and other aspects of homeland security. She held an unclassified briefing. There was a lot of concern that Americans were going to Syria and joining ISIS. She told us that the government knows of at least 300 who have gone to fight with ISIS. She called on the government to revoke their passports, and possibly their American citizenships. She suggested they be tried for treason since ISIS is a declared enemy of the United States. She also said that we know about the 300, but what about those we don’t know about?
The issue is that the Obama administration has refused to revoke the passports of these people. We know of some of them who, after being trained and fighting in Syria, have returned to America. One person who should have been arrested traveled freely in America for six months after his return to America. A border patrol officer questioned him and he gave a story about his going to Syria to visit family. They called his mother and she confirmed the story so they let him go. They did not pass this on to the FBI for further scrutiny. He returned to Syria and made a video of himself renouncing his American citizenship, burning his passport, and strapping a bomb to himself. He blew himself up amongst a group of Syrian troupes.
Who knows what he was doing while he was here in the States? How do we know that he didn’t set up a cell here in the US?
This is not limited to Americans. ISIS has been able to recruit Muslims from 80 different countries to join their cause. It is estimated that about 15,000 have joined ISIS from other countries.
A State Department spokesperson said they are combating 90.000 tweets a day from ISIS. This is another unique thing about ISIS. They are successfully using social media to recruit young people.
Another unique thing about ISIS is that we are seeing international alliances. Other Islamic terrorist organizations are pledging their allegiance to ISIS. They are bringing various factions and Islamic groups together like never before. There are Islamic groups from Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Yemen, who have pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Let’s get back to ISIS in America. The Director of the FBI told the Attorneys General of the states that ISIS is a spiderweb that avidly uses social medial to radicalize people across the United States. He said:
We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalization in all 50 states. This is not a New York phenomenon, or a Washington phenomenon, this is all 50 states in which they are very hard to see.”
It is spread throughout our entire country.
Our borders are open to their coming in. In the briefing I mention earlier we learned that agents have detained at least 10 members of ISIS at the US/Mexican border. Back in September four terrorists tried to sneak across the border. These are the ones we know of. How many have successfully entered our country that we don’t know about?
We know that they are trying to get in. We know that there are those here in America who are sympathetic to them. We know they have uranium that can be used to make dirty bombs. We know that this organization netted over 880 million dollars last year. We know that they are not slowing down. They have captured the imagination of Muslim youth.
One in four people in the world is a Muslim. Many of these people believe their day has come.
I don’t want to be an alarmist, but these are the facts. These are the things we do know. What about the things we don’t know?
These are the things you should know about ISIS. The government has its hands full in trying to protect us.
I want to say thank you to those who are doing their jobs to protect us. Hopefully we will have good leadership that will untie their hands so they can do a better job of protecting us.
Most of all we need God’s aid in all of this. Let’s not forget that God is still sovereign and there is a reason God is allowing Islam to grow. As I have said before, we believe that God has raised up an enemy to bring judgment upon our nation for in sins.
Unless we repent, unless we turn to God, there is not hope for our nation. The only thing that will cause God to have mercy on us is if we repent and turn back to Him.