ISIS In West Virginia: America's Fusion Center Reports 'Useless'? Syrian Refugees Feared As DAESH Leaves Signs [Video]

Patrick Frye

Reports of ISIS in West Virginia went viral shortly after fears over Syrian refugees spawned the idea that Americans could see attacks by ISIS in America in the near future. While members of DAESH have, in fact, claimed they plan terrorist attacks in America, it turns out that reports from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fusion centers may be mostly "useless" according to the U.S. Senate. Regardless, multiple West Virginia senators are concerned about Syrian refugees entering their state since it's believed it is possible that DAESH may attempt to sneak into the country using the refugees as cover.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, the issue of allowing Syrian refugees into America is complicated by the fact that ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other Islamic groups may follow the doctrine of Al-Taqiyya, where the Prophet Mohammed commanded his followers to lie about their motivations in order to conquer enemy countries.

Last year, the Fusion Intelligence Center in Charleston claimed it was possible that ISIS terrorists may already be in West Virginia. Fusion Intelligence Center staffers claimed that ISIS was training and recruiting people within the area and they reportedly were monitoring ISIS in America.

"There are areas in the United States that are not too far from here, that have very large populations that are being recruited for ISIS right now," claimed Fusion Intelligence Center Director Thomas Kirk. "There are people associated with Al Qaeda, there are people on the Terrorist Watch List who travel through West Virginia, whether it's through the airports or through the roads."

Fusion centers were launched after the September 11 attacks because local, state, and federal authorities were not sharing information on potential terrorist threats in America. Unfortunately, by 2012, the U.S. Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs found that these fusion centers were not working as advertised.

"In reality, the Subcommittee investigation found that the fusion centers often produced irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS, and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever," the report said, according to the Washington Post.

Mike Sena, president of the National Fusion Center Association, defended the fusion centers, claiming they had found "pieces of data" that provided "actionable intelligence." Now that a new ISIS video has directly threatened America, it is possible the information found by the Fusion Intelligence Center in Charleston may become more important.

"It's really disgusting. It's hard to talk about. It really is," said Johnny Walker, the town's public works director. "Who wants to deface a memorial?"

Even though the signs clearly indicated that ISIS in West Virginia may be responsible, WCHS reported in August that a criminal investigation never occurred since a direct threat was not made and the war memorial was not directly vandalized. The information was forwarded to the FBI and Homeland Security, but the report does not say what happened after.

"Until we know who they are, and what their past is, I don't want to see them in the state of West Virginia," said Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito, according to WOWK. "We need the president to give us a clear plan, on how he's going to join with other nations to really end ISIS, once and for all."

"So we're saying you must be 100 percent sure, that that percent has gone through a very vigorous vetting process, before they are considered to come to this country," said Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

Congress desires to pass a bill which increases the scrutiny on Syrian refugees in America. President Barack Obama already has announced that he will veto the bill if it passes the U.S. Senate.

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