FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists in the Military

The FBI is investigating more than 100 suspected Muslim extremists who are part of the U.S. military community, officials tell NPR. U.S. authorities have increased scrutiny since the 2009 shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead. Maj. Nidal Hasan, charged with the killings, is shown here in an April 2010 court hearing. Photo courtesy Handout/Getty Images

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.



2 Responses

  1. Extremism and terroristic infiltrations are realities from whom we may not retain to be exent. As mafia and other entities, his potentiality and survavibility is ” become insider” and this is the real problem of America and other country, a problem that must be arginated ed repressed more than exogenous terrorism.
    This require a more complex structure, an examination of alls would become part of insitutions and military arms.I am sure that America will be able to do so and wish the winning of this war Claudio Alpaca

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