A purportedly newly radicalized 19-year-old's machete attack targeting a trio of New York City cops on New Year's Eve proves Islamic terrorism still poses a massive threat to Americans but is often ignored, counterterrorism experts say.
Trevor Bickford of Maine was reportedly on the FBI's radar after he made online posts suggesting he recently underwent Islamic radicalization. Sources noted that his mother and aunt also contacted law enforcement expressing concerns that Bickford was embracing Islamist ideologies, sounding an alarm that triggered the attention of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.
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Marisa Herman, a Newsmax senior reporter, focuses on major and investigative stories. A University of Florida graduate, she has more than a decade of experience as a reporter for newspapers, magazines, and websites.