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FBI Director: Fewer Americans Trying to Join ISIS Abroad As Crackdown Continues

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By Steve Neavling

Fewer Americans are traveling abroad to join ISIS, FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday.

The remarks before the House Homeland Security Committee are welcoming news after investigators saw an uptick in ISIS involvement, The Associated Press reports. 

In the past three months, the FBI is aware of six people who tried to join ISIS, compared to an average of nine a month.

Comey said he wasn’t certain why fewer people were joining, but he said the FBI has stepped up efforts against ISIS recruiting Americans.

In just the past year, dozens of Americans have been arrested for allegedly supporting ISIS.

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Homeland Security Chairman Suggests Terrorism ‘Has Gone Viral’

By Steve Neavling

The House Homeland Security chairman suggested terrorism “has gone viral” because of the accessibility of the Internet, where terrorist groups are recruiting new members.

“I think there’s been an uptick in the stream of threats out there,” Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said.

“It’s very concerning.”

McCaul only needed to point to the shooting in Garland, Texas, over a “Draw Muhammad” event for one example of the growing threats.

McCaul said he’s fearful the internet will help terrorists connect with other extremists.

“I think the threat environment today is one of the highest that I’ve ever seen,” McCaul said, comparing the atmosphere to the period around the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s going to get worse, not better,” he said. “This is very difficult to stop.”

FBI Video Warns American Students of Efforts to Recruit Them as Spies in 28-Minute Video

Steve Neavling

The FBI has released a 28-minute video intended to warn American students preparing to study abroad about the dangers of being recruited by foreign intelligence agencies.

The video is a dramatization of Glenn Duffie Shriver, an American who accepted money from Chinese intelligence officers while living in China.

Shriver was convicted in 2010 of  “conspiring to provide national defense information to intelligence officers of the People’s Republic of China” and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Feds: Cartels Relying on Children to Smuggle Drugs

Steve Neavling

Federal authorities are alarmed at what appears to be an increase in cartels recruiting children and teenagers to smuggle drugs over the U.S. border, NBC 7 in San Diego reports.

Federal agents said children as young as 12 are being used as drug mules.

“It shocks me and saddens me that kids are getting involved. It doesn’t shock me that cartels will use whatever method they need,” Jose Garcia, a deputy special agent for ICE Homeland Security Investigations, told NBC 7.

Cartels are recruiting children outside schools and malls and by using social media, agents told NBC 7.

Making matters worse, the children appear to be moving more meth across the border.

FBI Investigating Whether Somali Terror Group Is Successfully Recruiting Americans

Steve Neavling

A year-long investigation into a Somali terror group’s efforts to recruit Americans may be gathering steam in Minnesota, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI has been focusing on Minnesota because it’s home to the largest Somali population in the U.S., according to the AP.

Fueling fears that al-Shabab is succeeding in its efforts was the recent revelation that a Minnesota man traveled to Somalia to join the terrorist group, his family said.

The AP noted that the FBI has been interviewing and subpoenaing Somalis in the state, a potential sign that the investigation is gaining traction.

FBI Looking for Diverse Pool of Qualified Candidates to Become Agents

Steve Neavling

 The FBI is expanding its recruiting efforts to find a diverse pool of candidates for a variety of special agent jobs, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The FBI is on the hunt for CPAs, Chinese-Mandarin speakers and candidates skillful in cyber-network administration.

The FBI typically only hires for two weeks twice a year, but the agency is adding an additional two weeks to attract “a more diverse candidate pool,” Steve Dupre, recruitment coordinator for the FBI’s Easter Division, told the Sacramento Bee.

Since Aug. 1, the FBI has received about 7,500 application for special agent jobs.

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