The House passed a bill Tuesday requiring the Department of Homeland Security to use testimonials from former extremists and other social media messages to combat “Hollywood-style propaganda” used by the Islamic State and other militant groups to recruit new members.
The bill was approved, 322-79, and now goes to the Senate.
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., the bill’s chief sponsor, said it would help prevent attacks such as a shooting at a Chattanooga reserve center last year that killed four Marines and a sailor. The FBI said the killer was inspired by foreign terrorists.
“Foreign terrorists are using technology to radicalize Americans at a troubling pace that continues to increase,” Fleischmann said, citing estimates that more than 200 American have traveled or attempted to travel to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
“ISIS is luring Americans with empty and false promises that do not reflect reality on the ground in Iraq,” Fleischmann said, using a common acronym for the Islamic State group.
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