Number of Michigan IP addresses on jihadi websites is “staggering”?
Authorities are concerned how Hizballah might react in case Israel or other countries get into a conflict with Iran, which sponsors the terrorist group, said FBI Assistant Special Agent Todd Mayberry, who oversees counter-terrorism in Michigan.
One challenge is being able to keep track of so many potentially radical websites and differentiating what might be a legitimate threat from harmless talk. Estimating there are thousands websites that could have extremist activity, he said:
“If I gave you the number of Michigan IP addresses that are on some of these sites, it’s staggering,” Mayberry said.
Asked by a member of the Jewish Community Council of Metro Detroit about possible Hizballah support in Muslim-American communities, Mayberry said: “There are (some) people who see Hizballah as freedom fighters and as charitable.”
But at the FBI and other federal agencies, he said: “Our position remains the same… they’re terrorists.”
“If you give them (Hizballah) money, and I can show that you’re giving them money, you’re going to jail,” Mayberry said.
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