The suspected extremists are called “insider threats” and include not only active duty and reservists but also individuals who have access to military bases like contractors and family members with dependents ID cards, according to a report by National Public Radio.
The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious.
Officials define that as a case requiring a formal investigation to gather information against suspects who appear to have demonstrated a strong intent to attack military targets. This is the first time the figures have been publicly disclosed.
The information was disclosed in a closed house-senate hearing in December. NPR confirmed the number from three independent sources, but the FBI would not confirm the number of cases.
…but they did say that cases seen as serious could include, among others things, suspects who seem to be planning an attack or were in touch with “dangerous individuals” who were goading them to attack.