Record Number of People in U.S. Charged With Terrorism-Linked Crimes This Year
Democrats attempt to dupe the American public into believing that its concerns about radical Islam, and in particular the national security risks associated with our liberal immigration policies, are baseless. In reality, however, the nation is seeing record numbers of people charged with terrorism-linked crimes, proving that legitimate fears are far from unfounded.
Even the leftwing Washington Post has had to report on the latest disturbing statistics:
The Justice Department has charged at least 60 individuals this year with terrorism-related crimes, an unprecedented number that officials attribute to a heightened threat from the Islamic State and the influence of social media on potential recruits.
Last week alone, prosecutors charged three people and convicted two others on terrorism-linked charges. One of those charged was Enrique Marquez Jr., a friend and neighbor of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male gunman who was killed in a firefight with police in the aftermath of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting rampage this month. That terrorist attack killed 14 people.
A second was Mohamed Elshinawy, a Maryland man accused of receiving at least $8,700 from the Islamic State overseas and planning to use the money to carry out attacks in the United States. He told prosecutors that a childhood friend had connected him through social media with an Islamic State operative.
The third was Jalil Aziz, a Pennsylvania man who was arrested for allegedly providing material support to the Islamic State, by spreading its propaganda on social media and for seeking to help the group’s supporters travel to Syria to fight. Aziz also encouraged other Islamic State supporters he communicated with to use U.S.-based encrypted messaging applications, prosecutors said. […]
“The common connection we’re seeing is — in almost every case — a tie to social media,” said John P. Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, at a conference last month hosted by the news site Defense One. He also pointed out that many of the cases involve young people, who are at ease building relationships online.
More than 55 percent of those charged are under 25 years old. Most troubling, Carlin said, about one-third are 21 or younger.
According to the report, the FBI has opened up investigations in all 50 states. It is worth noting, however, that the 60 people charged with terrorism-related crimes do not include cases of so-called “workplace violence” nor do they account for terror-related incidents that go undetected.