CIA Chief: Social Media Making Terror War Harder

Terrorist Groups Too Decentralized, Complains Brennan

In a speech today in New York, CIA Director John Brennan warned that social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook are “greatly amplifying” the dangers of terrorism.

Brennan complained social media allows the groups to recruit online, and allows sympathizers to learn how to carry out attacks without ever having to leave their homes.

Brennan went on to warn that the rise of the Internet had allowed terrorism to became much more decentralized, and that much harder for the US government to get a handle on.

The CIA chief’s comments reflect similar complaints from other nations about the rise of the Internet, notably Turkey, where officials have complained Twitter is a bigger threat to their continued rule than car bombings.

Absent from Brennan’s comments were any proposed course of action, though the understood implication is that US intelligence agencies will continue to demand unfettered surveillance powers over the Internet, irrespective of privacy concerns.

Author: Jason Ditz

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