Terrorism, Part 2: Recruiting and Future Problems
Well, it’s my honest opinion, just from what I’ve seen and from what I’ve learned in my 16 years of military service, that terrorism will continue to get worse through increased attacks in the United States and around the globe.
For many you’re probably thinking, who is this guy, where does he get his information, and why does he feel this way? Well, when you think of it, it’s not secret information I’ve obtained. It’s just from my experience and through the numerous deployments I’ve had as a member of various task forces.
For example, prior to 9/11 there had been sporadic terrorist attacks over the years. In the years since, more terrorist attacks have been here in the United States. Why? Well, let’s start here; it’s called accessibility. What I mean by that is the many different ways terrorists can gain access to people’s information, their locations, and much more through the Internet.
A New Way of Recruiting
The various social media websites that terrorist groups use to learn, communicate, and recruit from is a viable source of accessibility.
The military, for example, boasts about a so called OPSEC (that’s a good laugh for anybody in the military). We teach our service members to not post information, pictures, etc online. Yet I, or anybody for that matter, could obtain information on units, military bases, weapons, people, and more through a Google search.
If you go back 30 years, we did not have these terrorist attacks here at home or the ones across the globe, other than the Middle East. However, nowadays, thanks to the Internet being a super highway, finding people who will join their group and commit acts of terrorism is easier because of this accessibility.
Here is another example. A terrorist group could influence somebody from five thousand miles away. Could they have done that prior to all these social media sites? Now, they can just go online and randomly pull up names to find out their age, their employment, and even what type of person they are.
The Consequences We Face
It’s been proven that terrorist groups usually seek out people with social disorders, people who have a dislike of government, or people who have different political views. This is one reason I don’t believe it will end, and due to accessibility it will get worse!
There’s also the fact that we’ve allowed a mass amount of people to enter the country with very little information on their background.
For example, during a deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, we trained an Afghan border patrol in small unit tactics, and these men received the same training that our infantry, cav scouts, and more do.
We did do certain background checks using equipment such as fingerprinting, eye scans, etc. In that time, many of the men we trained had been involved with some type of terrorist group.
This is why there are so many “green on blue” attacks against our very own military personnel. We’ve actually trained people who had fought against us prior. This is just one of the reasons we will continue to have terrorist attacks on our very own soil.
Will It Ever End?
We continue to allow people into the United States that have been involved with terrorist groups in the past. It’s not just that either. There are many more reasons why the attacks in the U.S. will continue. We don’t take the time to monitor these individuals that have been involved with or recruited by terrorist organizations.
These acts are easily carried out due to the accessibility of information, explosives, weapons purchases, and more.
We don’t allow convicted felons to purchase weapons (which they shouldn’t). But why do we allow people who aren’t American citizens to buy weapons legally?
There are many different reasons these attacks will continue and the amount of damage and deaths that occur will increase as well.
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