‘This Is All 50 States’: FBI Director Says ISIS Sympathizers Present Nationwide

Comey pdWASHINGTON — The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is warning that Islamists who sympathize with the terrorist group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are present nationwide.

“We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states,” James Comey told a recent meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). “This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon. This is all 50 states and in ways that are very hard to see…”

“[I]t’s highly unlikely that it’s going to be a federal agent to first see or hear about someone acting in strange ways on social media, or acting in a strange way in a religious institution or educational institution, or in the community. It’s going to be a deputy sheriff; it’s going to be a police officer who knows that neighborhood,” he continued. “The Joint Terrorism Task Forces that we have set up all across this country are in some ways more important today than they were at 911 because of the nature of this threat.”

Comey explained that Islamic terror groups believe that they are carrying out their acts as part of the end times.

“ISIL in particular is putting out a siren song with their slick propaganda through social media that goes like this: ‘Troubled soul, come to the caliphate. You will live a life of glory. These are the apocalyptic end times. You will find a life of meaning here fighting for our so-called caliphate. And if you can’t come, kill somebody where you are,” he outlined. “That is a message that goes out to troubled souls everywhere.”

“Those people exist in every state” the FBI director reiterated. “I have homegrown violent extremist investigations in every single state. Until a few weeks ago there was 49 states. Alaska had none, which I couldn’t quite figure out. But Alaska has now joined the group, so we have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states.”

One ISIS supporter, 20-year-old Christoper Cornell of Ohio, called in to a local radio station on Thursday from behind prison bars to discuss his plans to attack America, and likewise stated that members of the group are embedded everywhere.

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“We are pretty strong,” he said. “In every state like I said. We’re in Texas. We’re in Ohio. We’re in New York City. We’re in Washington, DC. We’re in every single state you can name, just about.”

Cornell had been arrested in January after plotting to bomb the U.S. Capitol. He also threatened to kill Barack Obama and members of Congress.

“I would have released more bullets on the Senate and House of Representative members and I would have attacked the Israeli Embassy and various other buildings,” he admitted.

“I’m with the Islamic State,” Cornell acknowleged. “I’m very dedicated to establish the Sharia in America, to wage war on the kafr (unbelievers) and raise the word of Allah above all.”

Cornell faces three felony counts, one of which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

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  • Mary Waterton

    It’s interesting to note that between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration imported almost 300,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations … more immigrants than the U.S. let in from Central America and Mexico combined over that same period.

  • Oboehner

    *YAWN* There used to be Nazis, then commies, then Al Qaeda, now ISIS – fear and control, fear and control.

    • bowie1

      What’s your point?

      • Oboehner

        Rub those two brain cells together and perhaps it will come to you.

        • bowie1

          It sounds like you’re not too concerned about the possibility of getting killed, such as at the Boston Marathon. It may be a remote possibility, and maybe a person can’t worry about it, but it could happen. Or is that just a yawner for you?

          • Oboehner

            That’s why the border is wide open.

    • Paul Hiett

      If you’re thinking that there’s some grand government conspiracy here…you should consider putting down the crack pipe.

    • Marie Adigwe

      I agree with you on that one.

  • jjhot254 .

    when we were attacked on 9/11, my husband who was managing a grocery store in a neighborhood with many muslims, told me they were out celebrating !! We in the USA are the only ones trying our best to divide the muslims into goog/bad, of course, there are muslims who disagree with the jihadists, but when you get to the actual core of who they are as muslims, I don’t know

    • lynn

      I’m sorry to say that I can’t trust any Muslim. If I see a person wearing a rag on their head, the first thing that comes to mind is that they might be wearing a bomb. There is no way a person who has been keeping up with the news can feel safe around Muslims.

      • “a rag on his head” Seriously? If someone is carrying a bomb, it won’t be in a rag on his head. From virtually all the pictures I have seen, suicide bombers wear their explosives on their body. And I’ve never seen one with anything on his head. If you do see someone with a “rag” on his head, it is probably a Sikh, who are not even remotely Islamic.

        • lynn

          If they have a rag on their head, they usually have the loose clothing where a bomb would be easy to conceal. How would I know the difference between them and some other religious group that dresses that way? I will just avoid all of them . I have no need at at all be in the vicinity of any of them.

  • pilgrim249

    Without any question: All proclaimed ISIS supporters in this country should be imprisoned or killed.

    Our lying government knows these people have sworn America’s destruction, and could strike at any time; yet they are allowed to move freely in America—which side is our government on?

  • sammy13

    No surprise here. You have doers, enablers, sympathizers, and the cheerleaders. I wonder how this is covered during services in Mosques.