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'60 Minutes': Garland Terrorist Attack Shows Difficulty of ISIS Growth

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By    |   Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 08:43 PM

A "60 Minutes" investigation into the 2015 terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, where two men attempted to kill Americans at a Prophet Muhammed cartoon drawing contest shows how difficult it was to stop such attempts after ISIS started to spread its militant propaganda.

Elton Simpson, one of the terrorists, was known to the FBI and had been arrested and convicted for making a false statement to federal agents after he lied to the bureau about his plans to join Islamic militant groups in Somalia. The FBI even sent a warning to Garland police about Simpson before the attack.

"This idea of a so-called caliphate was a driver for Simpson and [Nadir] Soofi. They had finally realized what they had talked about for years," Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the George Washington University Program on Extremism, told CBS on Sunday. "It touched a nerve with a lot of folks in the jihadi-sphere. Especially in the summer of 2015, you saw a lot of these FBI guys, everything was blinking red. You had a number of different plots happening. And the FBI was kind of trying their best to catch up."

At the time of the attack, the FBI said it had open investigations into hundreds of potential extremists in the U.S.

"I know there are other Elton Simpsons out there. Many of them we're covering right now." FBI Director James Comey said. "But I also know there are Elton Simpsons out there that we have not found and I cannot see."

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