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Americans Fighting for ISIS – Harmless?

James Clapper is in the news, again. This time the Director of National Intelligence is claiming that Americans who have returned to the United States after traveling to Syria to participate in that country’s conflict are harmless. Or, at least, represent no threat to American security.

“We’ve since found they went for humanitarian purposes or some other reasons that don’t relate to plotting,” Clapper said at an event in New York. According to the DNI, of the approximately 180 Americans who have gone to Syria, 40 have returned to the United States.

“If they come back and they are not involved in plotting — don’t have a nefarious purpose — then that’s their right and privilege as an American citizen to come back,” he continued.

It’s really odd that, even though most sources say that the majority of Americans who go to Syria to get involved in this conflict fight on the side of the Islamic State, every single one who returns to the United States is harmless. It’s more than odd; it is almost as believable as thinking the NSA doesn’t collect information on Americans.

“Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly,” said Clapper – yes, the same guy – when asked during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing. That meeting happened three months before Edward Snowden released the documents proving that the NSA systematically collected information from the American public. Clapper has been trying to get away from that statement for years.

The United States is not immune to terrorist acts. Currently, the FBI is investigating people in all 50 states that are in various stages of radicalization. According the FBI Director James Comey, the Islamic State is attempting to recruit terrorists from this country.

“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,” said Comey when talking about providing support for ISIS.

So, according to the Director of National Intelligence, these returning “humanitarians” are harmless, but according to the director of the FBI, the Islamic State is working very hard at recruiting Americans to fight for them in Syria, or if that fails to fight here.

This is not an apples to oranges comparison. The majority of people who have gone to Syria went to fight for ISIS, but Clapper wants us to believe that every single one that has returned is harmless. That they all tried to bring the good word that America is not the “Great Satan” to ISIS and have just had enough.

I believe that nearly as much as I believe the NSA never looked intentionally at any American’s browsing history. I just hope that three months from now, James Clapper isn’t trying to get away from these statements as he has tried to get away from his NSA comments.

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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12 thoughts on “Americans Fighting for ISIS – Harmless?

  1. … Or is it that the NSA are fully aware that these people are a threat but that it is better to have them on US soil to watch, analyze and monitor them?

    1. The only problem with that is the NSA has no mandate to watch, analyze or monitor U.S. citizens unless they are considered an “agent of a foreign power.” The Snowden revelations have put paid to that lie, but it would be nice to see the government at least acting like they care about the rule of law..

  2. Hell NO! They are a major threat and should immediately be arrested at the point of entry and jailed in GITMO. Wake up America LEOs they will attack us from within our own country.

  3. Americans who travel to a war zone and who are shown to NOT have participated in combat activities or in combat support activities should be free to return. Americans who travel to a war zone and participate in combat or in combat support roles should be investigated for violations of international standards for conduct during war. If they are found to have violated those standards then these individuals should be prosecuted for war crimes. If they were found to not have violated these international norms then they should be placed on a participatory watch program. That is to say, that for some period of time they must report to their local FBI office for interviews and general catching up on how they are doing. During this time any email, cell phone, land line phone or internet accounts will be monitored for evidence of criminal intent. This would then give these individuals notice that they are being watched and that we the people do not fully trust them.
    Should they be found to have for ISIS, they should be considered to have participated in treasonous and criminal activities. Their US citizenship should be revoked and they should be considered captured soldiers of an enemy nation, captured (even though they turned themselves over) during wartime and we should detain them under the terms and guidelines of the Geneva Hague Convention. This means that since these terrorist organizations will never stop attacking the US and it’s allies, and that under Geneva Hague, a captured soldier can be held as a POW until the conflict is over – these individuals will never be allowed out of a POW pen. Their choice.

  4. A little off-topic, but… “you started it” 🙂 What is everyone’s problem with NSA? They can watch me take a shower for all I care. So they were watching your browsing history. Cry me a river! Have they done anything to you as a result of this monitoring? Have they restricted any of your freedoms? What was it that you were browsing that you are so keen on hiding? Do not confuse monitoring with Big Brother – US is a far cry from the state Orwell described. As far as I am concerned, they can watch anything they like, so long as it helps them catch criminals and terrorists and so long as they don’t bother law-abiding citizens.
    Snowden was sworn to secrecy, and he broke his oath – that makes him a traitor. I do not see how there can be more than one interpretation of the fact.
    Back on topic… I think that a blanket statement that all our citizens returning from Syria are harmless is a mistake. On the other hand, I agree with “MakeYouThink” – the adage of “keep your friends close, but your enemies – closer” is an ancient one… Which brings us back to my original point – the NSA better keep watching them! 🙂

    1. Alex,
      It really has nothing to do with my browsing history or the fact that I have or have not done anything wrong. It is part of the continual erosion of personal rights that is guaranteed to us by the Constitution.
      Snowden is a traitor, but he revealed that our government has violated the law when it comes to its own citizens rights. You may believe that is alright, but many of us do not.
      Before the apologists jump all over me, the federal government has been violating the Constitution since John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Act into law in 1798, or earlier, depending on how you view the Whiskey Rebellion during Washington’s term as president.

      1. Matt, maybe I came off a little harsh. My questions were rhetorical, and not directed specifically at you, but rather in general at people who like to complain about the infringement of their rights, while conveniently forgetting their responsibilities, or the lengths various government agencies need to go to, to protect those very same rights. If you do not number yourself among such people, then I hope you do not take offence at my words.
        You have, quite correctly, mentioned the era when erosion of rights and violation of the Constitution could be said to have begun. In my personal opinion, such is the absolutely inevitable fact of life – a Utopian society is impossible, some animals will always be more equal than others… Again, in my personal opinion, being civilized means having to give up certain freedoms. I do not see having the government monitor my internet use, or my e-mail, or my phone calls as “giving up” any of my freedom, though. I am still free to say and write anything I want to. Just like I am, technically, free to go and commit a crime. But, in both cases, I must be willing to pay for such freedoms and face the consequences when any wrongdoing is discovered. My right to free speech hasn’t been violated. My right to privacy can only be said to be violated (I believe) if my private information reached some malicious agent who’s used (or intends to use) it to cause me harm. If it remains safely hidden on some NSA server, eyes-only to some overworked and underslept analyst – I can live with that. My Constitutional rights protect me from harm that could be caused me by any third party, be it a private party or my own government. If no harm has been caused – then I can consider myself protected. The idea is to protect the people that hold these rights, not the rights themselves, I would think…

        1. Interesting.
          I understand what you are saying, but I am unwilling to give our government the benefit of the doubt when it comes to my privacy. In the interest of fairness, I am unwilling to give our government the benefit of the doubt on much of anything.
          “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
          The problem with the “eyes-only” argument is that the unreasonable aspect of the search has already been violated. I don’t care if it is some low-level drone in the NSA or splashed across the NY Times, information that is obtained in violation of my privacy, without a court order, is illegally obtained. Breaking the law to uphold the law just shows that the government has no respect for the law.
          If we lived in a utopian world, it would not be an issue, of course, but we have already given up freedoms to live in a society where the law is the framework of what we can and cannot do. When the government, or members of it, believe that they can break the law with impunity it is not telling us, the citizens, that they have our best interests at heart. It is telling us that the government feels like it is not constrained by the laws we impose on them.
          And that should be the argument. Are the rules we impose on the government more or less important than the rules the government imposes on us?

  5. They should be arrested and place in a list of terrorist of this great Nation, we not need more traitors . Lots of man and woman had been died for our freedom how we can let those bastard coming back, let them coming but they will pay ……….

  6. Void their passports & place them on a watch list to prevent returning to USA.
    Any suspected of providing aid and comfort to ISIS should be tried for treason.

  7. Legal pot on DC has reached acceptance and use at the highest levels of this administration. Can there be any other explanation?

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