The idea that ISIS is in America is frightening to many U.S. citizens, as they begin to fear a terrorist attack that many feel is inevitable at this point. Recent reports reveal that nearly 70 people have been arrested in connection with the terrorist group over the past 18 months, some of whom were refugees, according to Mail Online. Following the attacks in Paris, France, on November 13, many Americans can’t help but wonder if the U.S. is next.
Since a few of the terror attacks that the world has seen (not just ISIS) have occurred on very specific days (9/11 and Friday the Thirteenth), people have begun to wonder if the next attack will occur on another day with meaning. With the holidays just around the corner, many kept help but wonder if the terrorists are planning something for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve/Day.
ISIS supporters living in America have managed to do what they set out to do: instill fear in people. While citizens are asked to be mindful of their surroundings at all times (and to report any suspicious activity that they see), some have chosen to stay away from densely populated areas, especially in target cities such as New York and Boston, both of which have already been attacked, though not by ISIS.
While messages like the above aren’t considered “credible” by any means, it’s easy to understand why people living in the United States are fearful of an attack. ISIS has made it quite clear that America is a target and while people are still living their day to day lives, the thought of a terrorist attack has certainly crossed the minds of many.
ISIS has waged war on any and all countries who have bombed them, which puts the U.S. fairly high on their hit list.
President Barack Obama has agreed to allow Syrian refugees entrance into the United States, but some of those refugees are believed to be associated with ISIS — or just posing as refugees to get into the U.S.
Obama, however, doesn’t look at it this way.
Welcoming the world’s vulnerable who seek the safety of America is not new to us. We’ve safely welcomed 3 million refugees since 1975. — President Obama (@POTUS) November 18, 2015
Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are. And it’s not what we’re going to do.
— President Obama (@POTUS) November 18, 2015
According to Wired, Anne Speckhard, the director of International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, offered a bit more of a reason as to why these refugees don’t post a severe threat to the U.S. She explains that the process to bring refugees into the U.S. is “so long and so thorough” that a terrorist simply wouldn’t have the patience to wait.
“Why would an ISIS terrorist sit and wait to be a refugee for three years to get into the US, when they could get a radicalized European citizen and fly here on a visa waiver and then live here under the radar?”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there already appear to be several ISIS supporters living in the United States. This, of course, suggests that a well-thought-out attack may have been in the works for years.
Is America just a sitting duck at this point?
I am VERY CONCERNED when the 4th most prevalent ISIS supporters tweeters comes FROM THE US?!?!?!?!?!?! pic.twitter.com/VLPw7jBt5Q
— Scott Bergman (@Vineyard_Winery) November 17, 2015
ISIS has been fairly vocal when it comes to making specific threats. The group has mentioned Washington, D.C. as a primary targets in recent days. And while security has been increased at various locations around the country, many people are already thinking that it might be best to steer clear of densely populated areas — including shopping malls — in the coming months.
Of course, no one expects that people will stop living their lives. There are plenty of scams out there that will you scare you straight into never leaving your house, and that stuff has to be taken in stride.
However, the world isn’t as safe as it once was, and terrorists have shown that anything is possible — in any city, at any time.
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