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Author Thomas Henriksen Warns of 'Terrorist Diaspora'

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By    |   Monday, 03 Oct 2016 02:30 PM

Hoover Institution senior fellow and author Thomas Henriksen "absolutely" agrees with FBI Director James Comey's prediction of a "terrorist diaspora" spreading into the United States after ISIS is pushed out of its strongholds in the Middle East.

Henriksen, author of the new book "Eyes, Ears, and Daggers: Special Operations Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency in America's Evolving Struggle Against Terrorism," shared his analysis during an exclusive interview with "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV.

"When ISIS loses its foothold in Iraq," Henriksen told Hayworth, "… some of those terrorists who are with ISIS will travel abroad and look for other targets. Some will go to ground of course [and] try to hide out, but that's just a very prudent expectation that some will try to get into this country if they're not here already."

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Last Tuesday, in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Comey predicted "a terrorist diaspora sometime in the next two to five years like we've never seen before."

Surviving ISIS fighters are likely to look for retribution by striking soft targets in the West, he warned.

Henriksen told Hayworth that he supports recent proposals to thoroughly vet and screen refugees seeking to gain entrance into the United States, suggesting that would be no different than the scrutiny previous waves of immigrants often experienced.

The author told Hayworth he supports recent proposals to thoroughly vet and screen refugees seeking to gain entrance into the United States, suggesting that would be no different than the scrutiny previous waves of immigrants often experienced.

"I don't see it particularly as an outlandish thing to ask people about their background and check into it before they become a citizen of the United States," he said.

A senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Henriksen is an internationally recognized expert on U.S. strategy to counter terrorists and rogue regimes.

His book examines the traditional rivalry between Special Operation Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency, and how it changed after 9/11 with the two becoming closely aligned.

Henriksen is a major proponent of transforming the U.S. military, making its force nimbler, smarter, and more lethal in order to counter terrorism's growing threat.

"With terrorists, as you know, it's a different kind of war," he noted. "It's sneaking stealth, ambush, espionage, attacks that are unseen or unprepared for, and so you need a different kind of force. And I think what enabled us to do so well against terrorists was the fact that there were Special Forces that could engage them in a network-versus-network fashion.

"They were helped a lot by intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, but other intelligence agencies as well, to track these people down in what was in a kind of giant manhunt. The most important one," he adds, "and probably the most well-known, was bringing to task Osama bin Laden by the Navy SEALs."

Henriksen told Hayworth there were "missed signals" involved in the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

"In the case of Iraq," he said, "we went from a conventional war, a conventional invasion in 2003 [to] almost immediately, within a matter of months … an insurgency that only got worse requiring a larger footprint."

He credits the surge under former President George W. Bush with curtailing the post-war insurgency in Iraq.


 

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