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Former Counterterror Official: 'We Don't Have Enough Muslim FBI Agents'
by Melanie Hunter
Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that the FBI does not have enough Muslim agents or agents who understand Islam.
"We don't have enough Muslim FBI agents. We don't have enough FBI agents who understand Islam, and we don't have enough people in government who are doing counterterrorism, who understand 15-to-29-year olds. They're disengaged, and this is also the group which is likely to be most violent. It can't just be Nancy Reagan with, 'Say no to drugs.' You have to do engagement with that demographic," said Leiter.
Leiter acknowledged that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using social media more so than al Qaeda did. He said ISIS tries to recruit "Jihadi Cool," a new form of militant Jihadism designed to appeal to young people as something fashionable or cool.
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