FBI Issues Warning of ISIS Threat on Social Media
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Dec 01
The FBI warned Sunday that the ISIS terrorist group may make attempts to recruit or sabotage U.S. military soldiers via their social media accounts.
The intelligence bulletin, which also came from the Department of Homeland Security, advised men and women in uniform to edit their social media accounts of anything that might draw unwanted attention from “violent extremists.”
"The FBI and DHS recommend that current and former members of the military review their online social media accounts for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIL [ISIS] and its supporters," the federal bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies said, advising that troops "routinely exercise operational security in their interactions online."
Some military branches and special operations have already deactivated, scrubbed or locked their social media accounts.
"The FBI recently received reporting indicating individuals overseas are spotting and assessing like-minded individuals who are willing and capable of conducting attacks against current and former U.S.-based members of the United States military," the bulletin said.
The warning comes just after ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani called upon Muslims in the U.S. and Europe to attack military members.
"Do not ask for anyone's advice and do not seek anyone's verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers. Both of them are considered to be waging war," Adnani said in an audio speech posted online.
Publication date: December 1, 2014