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FBI Director Addresses Increasing ISIS Recruitment and Violent Crimes Committed in U.S. Cities

On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey came out stating that Islamic State group recruiting is widespread and occurs "24 hours a day" throughout the United States.

He went on to say hundreds of people are “consuming” social media efforts to either draw them overseas to join the extremists “or if you can’t come, kill where you are. And that is a two-pronged siren song that goes out through social media.” He shared that encrypted communications, Twitter and instant messaging have made it easier on jihadist recruiting efforts.

He said, “So we have investigations in all 50 states to try to identify, among hundreds of people who are consuming this poison, where are they on the stages from consuming to acting, and how do we stop them from acting." Comey was speaking with reporters during a visit to the FBI field office in the Cincinnati area. In Ohio, two young men were charged with plotting terrorist acts to support ISIS, but have pleaded not guilty.

Comey said, “This is not a game. If we catch you doing this, you’re going to get a very long stretch in jail.” In addition, they are trying to identify those being recruited who need mental health care.

Another major concern for the FBI is the rise of violent crime in many U.S. cities. Comey said the spread of heroin has played a role in some instances. Heroin and opioid use have caused a record number of overdose deaths in Ohio. Comey says the region will also likely see a rise in the use of methamphetamines.

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