Report: US Military Struggling in Online Fight Against ISIS
The United States military has struggled in the online fight against Islamic State terrorists and some of its contractors have tried to cover that up, according to a new report from the Associated Press.
Desmond Butler, one of the investigative journalists behind that report, claims that a U.S. counter-propaganda program known as "WebOps" is plagued by incompetence, cronyism and skewed data.
On "Shepard Smith Reporting" today, Butler explained that many of the program's Arabic-speaking analysts have scant experience in counter-propaganda, can't speak Arabic fluently and have so little understanding of Islam that they were no match for the Islamic State's online recruiters.
"We talked to dozens of people for this story, and some of the people who are doing the hands-on work told us that there was widespread incompetence, that some of the ... 'Arabic specialists' were not exactly specialists," Butler said.
He added that they were also told that WebObs managers were telling their analysis to skew to data to make the program appear more effective.
Butler noted that ISIS has been "tragically successful" at recruiting via social media, and WebOps is a major program intended to stop that.
"The fact that it's this incompetent is really troubling."
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