FBI stretched thin keeping pace with ISIS investigations
The FBI is being stretched to the max trying to keep up with ISIS investigations. Per USA Today:
FBI Director James Comey said Friday that federal authorities have an estimated 900 active investigations pending against suspected Islamic State-inspired operatives and other home-grown violent extremists across the country.
In a speech to intelligence officials, Comey initially indicated that all 900 of the inquiries were ISIL related. Later, officials said the vast majority involved ISIL but the number also included other U.S.-based extremists.
Still, Comey said that the total number of inquiries is "slowly climbing" as ISIL has sought to expand their reach into the U.S., targeting largely young, disaffected potential operatives through a provocative social media campaign.
The national scope of U.S.-based extremist inquiries has been the subject of much recent discussion. But rarely has there been a public reference to a number of such investigations.
Because the pace of the investigations has varied in the last several months, Comey said it was still unclear whether the bureau had the necessary resources to meet the demand. Comey referred to a particularly taxing period in mid-summer when federal authorities expressed public concern about the prospect of an attack around the July Fourth holiday.
"If that becomes the new normal ... That would be hard to keep up," the director said, though he said the pace has eased somewhat recently.
Whether they enter this country legally or illegally, or are born here, the reality is that there are Muslims in America who are jihadists or who morph into jihadists. This is one of so many reasons why we cannot afford to import any more Muslims into this country. We’ve got more than enough to contend with.
As for the FBI skittering along the edge of being able to cope with the volume of ISIS-related investigations, I have a quick question: why can’t we hire more FBI agents?