ASPEN, CO – It’s official. The terror group known as Islamic State keeps the FBI awake at night.
Or at least they keep FBI director James Comey from getting a good night’s sleep.
Speaking at the Aspen Institute, Comey said ISIS, or ISIL, is a bigger threat now than al-Qaeda, the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks.
“The threat that ISIL presents, poses to the United States, is very different in kind, in type, in degree than al Qaeda. ISIL is not your parents' al Qaeda. It's a very different model.”
Comey says ISIS has figured out how to use Twitter and other social media to promote their anti-social message of terror and hate. He says ISIS no longer relies on old-school media, like magazines, to communicate with their followers.
“they have adopted a model that takes advantage of social media in a way to crowd-source terrorism. They have invested about the last year in pushing a message of poison, primarily through Twitter, but other parts of social media that is a siren song with two dimensions. They are preaching through social media to troubled souls, urging them to join their so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq, or if you can't join, kill where you are, and Twitter is a valuable enterprise, because it works to sell shoes or to sell ideas.
"It works to sell this message to troubled souls. (With al Qaeda,) if you wanted to consume their propaganda, you had to go find it somewhere on the Web. You'd read their magazine. If you wanted to talk to a terrorist you might send an email in to their magazine and hope that someone answers you. ISIL has changed that model entirely, because ISIL is buzzing on your hip, right. That message is being pushed all day long and if you want to talk to a terrorist, they're right there on Twitter direct messaging for you to communicate with."
ISIS also uses video to recruit followers and to show what can happen when people oppose them.
Their latest video shows boy fighters, cubs as they’re called, reciting verses from the Koran and carrying rifles nearly as big as they are.
Terrorists using children to fight a grown-up war.