The FBI is watching the social media accounts of Muslims who’re sending “suspicious messages” speaking of war….See something, say something
A “suspicious message” sent to a member of an Alabama mosque:
“We are at war and we must stick together”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A local Muslim leader has informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that members of his mosque have received “suspicious messages” on their social media accounts, including at least one message that mentioned “war,” according to an Associated Press report.
Ashfaq Taufique, president of the Birmingham Islamic Society, told the AP that an unknown individual sent friend requests to members of his mosque, followed by messages. One of the messages said, “We are at war and we must stick together.”
Taufique says he informed the FBI out of fear that his mosque would be incorrectly associated with extremists.
“(I reported the messages) because of the special time we are in we didn’t want to take a chance,” he said.
One of the Birmingham Islamic Society’s former members left the United States to join ISIS last year, although the mosque’s leaders say she had withdrawn from the community long before radicalizing.
The girl, Hoda Muthana (pictured above), a 20-year-old former college student from Hoover, was radicalized through social media and ultimately abandoned her family to move to ISIS-controlled Syria.
A recent study by George Washington University’s Program on Extremism identified Muthana as one of ISIS’s most active recruiters online.