Whether or not the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known as ISIS, poses a real and present danger to our national security is an issue which continues to be debated almost daily on Capitol Hill. There are those who argue they are little more than a regional band of zealots with little possibility of having a genuine impact outside the immediate region. Others point to their ever growing circle of control and financial savings – which they are sure to use for further expansion. What very few recognize is the fact that it is no longer a matter of if they will arrive in the U.S., because they are already here; the fact of the matter is that their target of choice is law enforcement.
Like many terror organizations before it, ISIS has a very strong online presence and posts frequent threats to various social media sites, including “calls to action” aimed at motivating followers or others sympathetic to their cause to attack officials, targets of opportunity and even military members. Where ISIS differs from its predecessors is that ISIS followers have shown a genuine willingness to follow through with the advertised threats, and those threats have shifted from political targets to law enforcement facilities and even individual officers.
In the past month, U.S. law enforcement officers have encountered three attacks, all involving self-proclaimed ISIS supporters. Each time was the result of these supporters answering ISIS’s call to arms.
- June 2, 2015, Boston Massachusetts – police approached Usaamah Rahim after he was observed carrying a large knife on a public street. After Rahim, who was also the subject of an ongoing terror investigation, refused to drop the knife, officers shot him in self-defense. It was later revealed that Rahmin had told a friend he planned on going after the “boys in blue” to execute victims by beheading.
- June 7, 2015, NYC – Munther Omar Saleh, a Queens college student and also the subject of an ongoing terror investigation, was arrested after he attempted to attack undercover police officers with a knife. Saleh first came under investigation after he was twice witnessed loitering on the George Washington Bridge, after which he was linked to repeated online support of ISIS and a reported plan to detonate a pressure cooker style explosive in NYC.
- June 17,2015, Staten Island NY – 21 yr old Fareed Mumuni was arrested after he lunged at an FBI agent, stabbing the agent in his ballistic vest. Again, it was revealed that Mumuni had been the subject of an ongoing terror investigation and confessed that he kept a knife wrapped in a t-shirt near his bed just in case authorities came to his home.
Each of these cases demonstrates both the positive and negative aspects of America’s current war on terror. On the positive side, there is the fact that each of these suspects was already under investigation, meaning law enforcement is not in the dark concerning potential threats on American soil. The negative, and very disturbing, aspect of each case is the fact that each of these three young men were willing to attack law enforcement and do so in a means that could have easily lead to their own death. I have to admit that I am surprised that neither of the last two cases involved the use of deadly force by the officers involved. I just hope that next time it does not end tragically for the officers involved. Keep your head on a swivel!
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