'A Global Network of Jihadi Activists': ISIS Using Social Media to Reach Americans
Did ISIS propaganda inspire Chattanooga shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez?
Just days before the attack, Abdulazeez posted a cryptic message on his blog. "Brothers and sisters, don't be fooled by your desires. This life is short and bitter, and the opportunity to submit to Allah may pass you buy," Abdulazeez wrote.
Dr. Sebastian Gorka appeared on "Fox and Friends Weekend" to explain how terrorists are using social media to turn typical American kids into radical extremists.
Gorka said that when it comes to using the Internet, ISIS makes Al Qaeda look like the real "JV team."
"If you compare the number of platforms they have, more than 20,000 platforms, if you compare the magazine they have, the English language e-magazine called 'Dabiq,' it makes Al Qaeda's English language Jihadi magazine, 'Inspire,' look like some high school publication," Gorka said. "The Internet is essential to recruiting and also to training, providing the trade craft lessons to the future jihadis that will attack Americans."
He said that the State Department's attempts to counter ISIS propaganda fail again and again because they ignore the fact that this is about religious ideology.
"You can only beat an ideology by coming up with a counterattack, a counter-offensive, like we did during the Cold War. You've got to have counter propaganda," Gorka asserted.
He added that it's time to ditch the label of "lone wolf attacks."
"This is designed to make us disconnect the dots. It’s designed to make us think these are sporadic, disconnected individuals," Gorka said. "They’re not. Whether it’s the Ft. Hood shooter, whether it’s the Tsarnaev brothers, whether it’s the Charlie Hebdo shooter or this man in Chattanooga, they are all connected by the ideology, by the stuff they consume on the Internet. This is a global network of jihadi activists, and we're only going to beat it if we attack it as a network."
Anna Kooiman pointed out that ISIS reportedly creates 90,000 social media posts per day and has between 500 and 2,000 Twitter accounts.
Gorka said we need to go on the offensive.
"We have to help the reformers. We have to help the people who want to take the fight to the jihad through technology, through financing. The CIA has to be involved, and we have to get serious about it."
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