Saturday, November 04, 2017

"ISIS in America": Diane Sawyer hosts ABC 20-20 report she has been developing for over a year

On Friday November 3, 2017 ABC 20-20 and Diane Sawyer broadcast “ISIS in America”.  This broadcast is bound to get some official attention in Congress. A couple of the main links are (one) (two). Variety has coverage of the episode here

(To see the ABC embed below, you may need to turn off https on your browser.) 

Much of the narrative concerns the case of Justin Sullivan in North Carolina (in Morganton), who grew up Catholic (was not an immigrant and not a Muslim) but was recruited.   Justin’s father was a Marine and turned him in.

ISIS “gave him a place to belong”.  But his perception had to do with a “death cult” and feeling “powerless”.  One of the videos promises “no more humiliation” for “losers”.   This seems to have to do with the idea that in an open society where anyone can “show off” gratuitously online without supervision, some will win and some will lose (just like in sports). That’s just a consequence of logic (or "going to the root" as I  used to say as a boy).       
Charlotte Observer story on Justin’s case;  CBS News story.

Part 3 of the ABC report mentions radiation detectors in New York City (and biological) which are also used in ports.   Part 3 also deals with the “dark web” and right wing extremists as well as jihadism. There was talk of “hastag hijacking”.   It talks about “content war” (even hijacking “Game of Thrones”).  Sawyer visits the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma, and the stories of two honor students who fell into the trap.

Part 4 talks about targeting involving possibly Pamela Geller.   A defendant was “fat, failed and a complete idiot”.

There is some coverage of Sayfullo Saipov, who had planned is truck attack for weeks.  Trump says Saipov was a point of contact for 23 other questionable immigrants from Uzbekistan.

Part 5 talks about a mosque in Miami that sheltered everyone during Hurricane Irma.

Update: Nov. 6

The New York Times has an important piece by Jim Rutenberg, the "Mediator", "A How-t on Terror I as Close as a Click: (print) or "Terrorism is faster than Twitter" (online). The links in this story need to be followed closely.

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