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Bernard Kerik: Intelligence Needs to Focus on Social Media

By    |   Friday, 24 October 2014 12:24 PM

Law enforcement, military and the public need to be on high alert of lone-wolf terror attacks, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik said Friday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

Citing the two "unprovoked, deadly" attacks on Canadian soldiers this week, Thursday's hatchet attack by a recent Islamic convert on New York City police, and separate cases of American youth attempting to travel to Syria to become jihadists, Kerik warned that "local and state and federal law enforcement officers in this country have to realize is going to continue and we have to be prepared for it."

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Intelligence is the key to combatting the trend, he said.

"The more we know, the more information we get from the public, we've evolved into a society now where we don't have a choice but to report suspicious activity," Kerik said.
"In Canada, the actual shooter of the soldier up there, the murderer of the soldier, the Canadian intelligence was aware of him, they had put him on the no-fly list, they had already seized his passport. Obviously they were looking at this guy.

"We have to stay on top of the intelligence community to make sure that they are looking at every single person where these reports come in because somebody's going to see something, they're going to hear something, they're going to see particular behavior that they're going to feel something's wrong. They need to report it."

Terror groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS) have undertaken an "enormous social media campaign . . . calling for attacks on government officials and law enforcement."

Because of social media's massive reach, people from anywhere in the world can easily become radicalized.

"We don't know if they're in New York or they're in some suburban town in the middle of Iowa," he said. "We have no idea. The problem is some lunatic or some mentally deranged person or some person that wants to martyr themselves, they're going to follow this direction to go out and attack a government official or somebody in law enforcement, or our military.

"That's been another big one that they've been talking about. Go after the military people. They're going to do it, somebody's going to do it. so we don't know where it's coming from and that's why it's extremely important people, one, report it to the intelligence people, stay on some of it, and track down the leads."

In law enforcement's favor, the intelligence community is able to monitor what's happening in these public forums.

There will be flagging mechanisms, he said, to identify accounts and give officials the ability to "obtain a search warrant, go into those databases and suck out where these people are, who they are, what they're doing."

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