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Study finds 300 active ISIS supporters online in the U.S.

How many more Americans have to be brainwashed to make government react?

FoxNews reports: more than 300 online recruiters engaging Americans to join forces of the Islamic State are currently based in the U.S.

George Washington University’s research demonstrated that congenial freshmen are mainly motivated to join terroristic group in Syria via Twitter. Also the social network is used to plan attacks on the U.S. soil. However, the research disclosed that the number of Islamic State disciples is rather fewer than in other Western countries. "ISIS-related mobilization in the United States has been unprecedented: approximately 250 Americans had traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq or Syria, while 900 active investigations were in progress against ISIS sympathizers in all 50 states”, cites FoxNews American government.

There has been a shining example of recruiters’ job: when an individual asked about Islam on Twitter, he immediately got a masterful response from one of ISIS affiliates. Eventually stronger positions on Islam and ISIS have been incorporated into conversations of ordinary people with IS recruiters.

The study also revealed that the increase of ISIS-related activities in the U.S. was connected to the overall start of terroristic attacks since the beginning of 2015. Besides Twitter attractors various small collaborations of ISIS propagandists have been disclosed. The two major groups comprise mainly former friends from high school and their acquaintances and are located in Texas and another Midwestern city and are revolving around several charming Muslim leaders.

An average ISIS supporter is, according to the study, a 26-year-old male, attempted to travel abroad and potentially involved into constructing schemes of attack on the U.S.

“U.S.-based sympathizers' actual involvement with ISIS ranged from those who are merely inspired by its message to those few who reached mid-level leadership positions within the group", summarizes FoxNews article.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

With the NSA intruding into the private lives of ordinary citizens and monitoring all online communications, one is forced to wonder how did the security enforcement agencies not catch in advance 300 Islamic State sympathizers who operate online. It took a university research project to discover it, probably by students who posed as terrorists and formed online relationships with ISIS fans. The US has been “fighting” ISIS for over a year in Syria, but it cannot track ISIS supporters in its own country. It makes far more sense to argue that actually the US is not fighting ISIS at all but has a direct interest in ISIS existence as it destabilizes the Middle East, removes ‘unfriendly’ stable governments such as Syria, and cuts off Europe from trade with China. Indeed, the Saudis, Turkey, Qatar, Israel, all US allies have supported ISIS or other terrorist groups in Syria. How much longer will Americans continue to believe the official version of events granted by the corporate media and corrupt politicians? (And sadly, it is nearly impossible to find in the US Congress today a politician who is not bought off by larger financial interests).
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