‘A Devil Sitting on the Shoulder’: FBI Warns Potentially Thousands of ISIS Sympathizers Are in U.S.

Comey pdWASHINGTON — The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) told reporters on Thursday that he believes that there may be potentially thousands of ISIS sympathizers present nationwide.

“I know there are other Elton Simpsons out there,” James Comey stated, referring to one of the Islamic gunmen who sought to attack the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in Texas on Sunday.

However, he said that the government has a “very hard task” of locating jihadists in the nation, as ISIS tactics to recruit followers has changed.

“The haystack is the entire country,” Comey said. “We are looking for the needles, but increasingly the needles are unavailable to us. … This is the ‘going dark’ problem in living color. There are Elton Simpsons out there that I have not found and I cannot see.”

He said that as recent as just a couple of years ago, jihadist wannabees would seek out online forums to communicate, but “that has changed dramatically, especially with [ISIS] and their use of social media.” Comey noted that even on the phones of Americans and others ISIS is urging sympathizers “to travel to the so-called caliphate to fight” but also state, “If you can’t travel, kill where you are,”

“It’s almost as if there is a devil sitting on the shoulder saying, ‘Kill, kill, kill, kill’ all day long,” he said. “[They are] recruiting and tasking at the same time. … In a way, the old paradigm between ‘inspired’ and ‘directed’ breaks down here.”

Comey outlined that ISIS is even directing those it communicates with to encrypted means of connecting, so that the government cannot read it.

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“[We see] a connection made, and then it disappears,” he stated.

As previously reported, Comey remarked earlier this year that he believes ISIS sympathizers are present nationwide.

“We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states,” he told 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…”

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.”

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  • Oboehner

    By all means, take away more of our rights and freedoms – that will help!!

    • weasel1886

      Fear will destroy us

  • LeftCoast

    And Obama said what…………

    • weasel1886

      We never had a terrorist attack or any problems before Obama

      • uzza

        That’s right, nothing happened on 9/11/2001. Nothing.

        • weasel1886

          That was Obama’s fault wasn’t it ? I mean the man has caused all the worlds’s problems.

          • uzza

            Don’t forget the Civil War. He always plays the race card.

        • Look mom look! Two trolls trolling each other!

      • bonnieblue2A

        hmmmmmmmm……sorry I wasted my time responding to previous posts.

  • RWH

    Keep in mind that a significant percentage of these terrorists are converts from Christianity as in the latest event in Texas.

    • weasel1886

      We have had far more Christians comit terrorist acts than Muslims

      • Samuel E. Brack

        Then I assure you those people were not true Christians

        • amostpolitedebate

          For what it’s worth most Muslims (particularly here in the states) would say the same about groups like ISIS.

        • weasel1886

          So who is a true Christian and how do we determine they are ?

          • bonnieblue2A

            You do not determine who is and is not genuine in his/her faith because you cannot read the heart and mined of another. God does. Read your Bible.

          • weasel1886

            I liked your post till the last sentence. The problem is many murderous acts have been committed by people that were considered Christian throughout history. I have read my Bible

          • bonnieblue2A

            It matters not that people are considered Christians. Anyone can call himself/herself a name. Only God sees in their hearts and minds. Man can see works. Jesus Christ taught us to love one another in His name, not to murder in his name.
            Murder is a sin. Sin is lawlessness. Those who love God and follow Jesus Christ do not kill in his name. They do not sin in His name. Those who love him seek to keep his commandments and laws out of that love and want to please the Father.
            Read you Bible again. Study it, use Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic study references. It is all in there.

          • bowie1

            You shall know them by their works.

    • Coach

      1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”

    • This is a sad commentary on the state of Christianity in the US. When enough formerly law-abiding useful people throw off all pretense of respectability, and turn into useless lawless murderers sowing chaos perhaps “they” will regret their relentless war against the gospel of Jesus Christ.
      What weapons do they propose to fight the enemies of Christ that they are raising up against themselves? Surveillance and gun control? That’s hardly going to work!

  • uzza

    FBI Pulls Out Old 1950’s Press Release, Selects “communist”, Clicks “replace all”, Types In “ISIL”, Hits “Publish”.

  • amostpolitedebate

    Considering that there are over 300million people living in the US is this really surprising? I’m pretty sure you could find “thousands” of people that believe pants are a lie propagated by the Illuminati.

  • Linda

    Just announce and put buckets of pig fat all over the place. They will start yelling a whining from their rats hole.

  • FoJC_Forever

    The dangers in America encompass more than just the pagans who are beating the drums of war and murder. The list is long.

    Judgement is coming.

  • Tina Summers

    Already knew ISIS is in US. Approx., there are about 17 states that has counties has Muslims who have training camps, yes here in the US.