ISIS released in July a “kill list” naming over 1,700 targets, specifically members of synagogues and churches for attack across the US.
FBI Contacted Those On The List
“When we find information like this, we’re always doing our best to contact the public, let them know, even if we don’t understand why necessarily that information was out there or compromised,” said FBI assistant special agent-in charge Matthew Espenshade. He added that the information found on the kill lists is sometimes easily available online, adding : “So it’s a matter of not necessarily hacking but really searching.” IBTimes
The FBI would not confirm that number, but acknowledged they have been notifying people in Nashville for almost a month.
“When we find information like this, we’re always doing our best to contact the public, let them know, even if we don’t understand why necessarily that information was out there or compromised,” said FBI assistant special agent-in charge Matthew Espenshade…
“When you are randomly targeting civilians, you are sowing fear into the populace and that can be more effective than targeting known military or political targets,” said Dr. Susan Turner-Haynes, a professor at Lipscomb University.
Turner-Haynes said in general, the likelihood of being involved in a terror attack is very low.
The FBI said they still have a moral duty to notify people. WSMV
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Common Terror Tactic
The use of kill lists by ISIS and its affiliates has evolved into a common terror tactic. According to a report by SITE, “These lists, with targets spanning drone operators to random civilians, appear to have achieved at least part of their presumed intentions: heightened alert by government workers, FBI visits to startled civilians, and significant media attention.” Algemeiner