The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have confirmed via a joint intelligence bulletin issued to federal law enforcement on Aug. 22 that Islamic State, also known as ISIS, fighters have the capability to attack U.S. targets overseas with “little to no warning,” reports The Blaze.
As the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, U.S. intelligence has reportedly noticed an increase in threats made by Islamic State supporters via social media sites like Twitter. Although some of these posts are protected under the First Amendment, law enforcement is being urged to take them seriously and “promptly report suspicious activities related to homeland plotting and individuals interested in traveling overseas to conflict zones, such as Syria or Iraq, to fight with foreign terrorist organizations,” according to the bulletin.
This warning comes one day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the nation Wednesday night in an effort to get “the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it,” reports the Wall Street Journal. It is unknown if he will reveal whether the U.S. has decided to strike ISIS fighters within Syria or expand special-forces deployments to Iraq.
Former CIA officer Brian Fairchild says he believes the CIA failed to “infiltrate organizations and recruit the necessary assets to curb these organizations and counteract the ideology before it takes hold,” after 9/11 and only chose to focus on paramilitary and drone strikes, which he says didn’t get to the root of the problem.
“You can keep targeting all the Osama bin Ladens and his replacements, but you won’t solve the problem,” Fairchild said. “You need a strategy that comprises both the paramilitary and what the CIA was intended to do: analyze, recruit and infiltrate so lawmakers can make the best decisions on how to handle these crisis.”
Fairchild warned that ISIS is completely equipped to hurt U.S. targets overseas in order to accomplish its true goal of provoking the United States to respond militarily. But he is also reminding Americans that the CIA has to think beyond the Middle East region.
“How are we going to stop three French men, two Germans, an Australian and a Norwegian coming into the United States when they come here and they have a passport and a visa and they say, ‘Hey, I’m here to see the Grand Canyon.’ How are you going to stop that?”