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Rubio: Muslim-Americans Must ‘Play a Big Role’ in Stopping Terrorism

U.S. counterterrorism authorities should step up their efforts to “identify radicalism” among Muslim-Americans, according to Marco Rubio.

The Hill reported that the Florida senator told CBS Miami: “It’s not about spying on law-abiding people. It’s about being able to get ahead of a plot before it happens. I do believe that we need to do more work, including in the Muslim-American community, to identify radicalism and to fight against it; and we’ll need the cooperation of the patriotic Muslim-Americans, and there are many.”

Rubio pointed out that in “many cases,” Muslim citizens have helped prevent attacks and aided in terrorism investigations. The senator cited the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in his state. “One of the reasons why the killer, the terrorist in Orlando, came on the FBI’s radar is because a gentleman at the Islamic center he was attending tipped the FBI off to him,” he said. “And then there are other places where I think it’s become more difficult, but in the end I think that’s a big part of it, both here and around the world.”

Rubio declared that Muslims need to “play a big role” in counterterrorism efforts. He added: “The biggest thing we can do is to take out the ability of groups like ISIS to have a core of operation anywhere in the world, because it is from Mosul, it is from Barakah, where they have their core operation that allows them to disseminate propaganda, which, in the end, is what causes and inspires people around the world to take action against us.”

Rubio, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race after losing the Florida primary to Donald Trump, is seeking re-election to the Senate.

Source: The Hill
Photo: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore

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