If your name was one of the 15,000 Americans found on the ISIS kill lists, would you want to know? Recently Circa News reported that the FBI has failed to tell many people that they are on the encrypted lists. The most recent release was on June 6, when approximately 8,000 were listed on the Telegram app. The message told ISIS sympathizers to kill those found on the list as an act of revenge for Muslims.
Circa stated that they obtained some of the lists for New York, Texas, Florida and California. They decided to call many of those listed to see if they were notified.
In Texas alone, Circa identified 22 people in a sampling of 24 names who did not receive any notification that they were in ISIS’s crosshairs. It also identified two local police departments whose citizens were on the list that also got no alert from the FBI.
In New York City, citizens reported getting called from the NYPD informing them of being on the ISIS kill list.
Amelia, an Army wife who asked to use a pseudonym during her interview to protect her identity, only knew there was a credible threat on her life but was given no further details when Army officials contacted her May 12.
“I had no idea I was on an ISIS hit list until you called me,” the woman said, referring to a telephone call Circa made in early June to her residence.
“It all made sense to me after you called. The Army didn’t give me any detailed information. I didn’t even get advice on how to protect myself but I took my own precautions, which included removing a lot of information from social media sites, changing my driving patterns and keeping my doors and windows locked,” she explained.
The police department in Corpus Christi, where Amelia lives, also had no idea it had a citizen on the ISIS hit list until a call from Circa News prompted it to call the FBI.
“We were not contacted by the Army or the FBI referencing the threat to our citizen,” Police spokesman Chris Hooper said.
Similarly, when Circa called a college professor in Austin whose name appeared on the list, the man called his local police. The University of Texas police department responded it had received no warnings from anyone in the U.S. government that a member of the college staff was being threatened by ISIS.
The FBI did respond to Circa News with this statement:
FBI officials said they are confident most Americans on the lists were alerted in some manner but it was possible some people may have fallen through the cracks. They stressed to date no one on the list has actually been attacked.
“The FBI routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information. We perform these notifications so potential victims are aware of possible threats and take appropriate steps,” the bureau said. “Those measures may include paying close attention to your surroundings at all times, protecting personally identifiable information, and immediately calling the local authorities if you observe something suspicious. The FBI will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local partners to keep the public informed of potential threats.”
Could this be another example of the DOJ trying to censor terror related information or people simply slipping through a crack in the system? They censored the Orlando terrorist attack 911 tapes in order to prevent the focus from being on radical Islam and ISIS. Did the FBI decide not to call because it would too upsetting for people? Whatever the FBI’s reasoning for not telling those on the list, if there is a legitimate threat against Americans than they deserve the right to know.
Image courtesy of Circa News