US Needs Plan To Counter Online Terrorism Recruiting

The U.S. government lacks a plan to counter terrorist recruiting efforts online, even though such efforts by jihad groups are growing, one terrorism expert told U.S. lawmakers.The U.S. government doesn’t make an effort to engage with people who may be open to terrorist recruiting efforts and dissuade them from joining, Bruce Hoffman, a professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, told lawmakers Wednesday.

The U.K. government has a program that works with local communities to identify possible targets for terrorism recruiting, said Hoffman, a former scholar in residence at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.”Very clearly, our adversaries have a communications strategy,” Hoffman told a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.

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