FBI failed to tell hundreds of Americans that they were on an ISIS kill list after discovering 15,000 U.S. citizens were potential targets

 

  • Names of targets found by security officials on encrypted terror websites
  • 15,000 people were and potentially remain as targets for ISIS extremists
  • But probe has discovered hundreds of those listed never knew about threat
  • In Texas, just two of 24 people contacted were aware they were on the list

By EUAN MCLELLAND FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 10:07 EST, 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 EST, 28 June 2016

Americans discovered on an ISIS kill list obtained by the FBI were not told about the potential risk facing them, a probe has discovered.

The names of more than 15,000 U.S citizens – including teachers, members of the military and art dealers – were found by security officials on encrypted Islamic State websites.

They were and potentially still are targets for lone wolf extremists and sleeper cells looking to bring terror to American shores.

However, at no point were many made aware of the threat they faced – only finding out when contacted by a team of investigative journalists.

Americans discovered on an ISIS kill list obtained by the FBI were not told about the potential risk facing them, a probe has discovered. The names of more than 15,000 U.S citizens – including teachers, members of the military and art dealers – were found by security officials on encrypted Islamic State websites

Circa News obtained the details of targets in New York, Texas, Florida and California.

After phoning them, they were stunned to learn that the high majority had no idea about ISIS vendetta against them. 

Former FBI counter-terrorism agent Chad Jenkins was astonished by the lack of information those people had been given.

He said: ‘If we aren’t notifying private citizens that is a disservice.

‘If we’re not then we need to be asking those questions as fellow Americans why that’s not being done right now, especially with the evolving threat that we have seen so recently from ISIS-inspired and ISIS themselves here in America.’

Between March 2 and the end of May, hacked ISIS accounts exposed eight kill lists. 

They included the names and addresses of 70 plus military personnel or family members, 56 New Jersey state police officers, 36 Minnesota state police officers, 11 county board members in Tennessee, 50 federal employees, and dozens of New York residents.

In Texas, just two of the 24 people contacted whose names were on the hit lists were aware of the threat against them.

The people on the list were and potentially still are targets for lone wolf extremists and sleeper cells looking to bring terror to American shores. However, at no point were many made aware of the threat they faced – only finding out when contacted by a team of investigative journalists

One Austin woman who was told she and her friends were on the list told the site: ‘I was terrified. We live in a different world and the Jewish community is a number one target of these radicals.

‘I’m very upset that I was not notified by the FBI or local law enforcement.’

When Circa asked the local police forces if they knew anything about their residents on the hit list, they too admitted that they had been left in the dark.

‘We were not contacted by the Army or the FBI referencing the threat to our citizen,’ Corpus Christi, Police spokesman Chris Hooper said.

The FBI officials have said they planned on notifying every person on the kill list.

A spokesperson said: ‘The FBI routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information.

‘We perform these notifications so potential victims are aware of possible threats and take appropriate steps.

‘The FBI will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local partners to keep the public informed of potential threats.’

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  1. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal and commented:

    According to the woman I spoke to at Congressman Peter T. King’s office in Massapequa, NY, she said that the FBI had informed “everyone”, on that list, according to what the congressman was told by the FBI. Is it possible that, the congressman’s staff doesn’t know their ass from their elbow? Hmmm…

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