FBI warns ISIS trying to kidnap journalists abroad

posted at 8:01 pm on October 23, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Several weeks ago, unconfirmed reports began to surface that the terror group ISIS was plotting against targets in the United States. The dispatches indicated that reporters and journalists as well as police and sources of government authority were among the targets. On Thursday, the FBI confirmed that reporters were in ISIS’s sights.

“The FBI assesses, based on open source statements and postings, that [ISIL] members and supporters view members of the US media establishment as legitimate targets for retribution attacks as the US-led air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria continues,” an FBI bulletin read.

Via Politico:

In the bulletin, the FBI claims to have “recently obtained credible information indicating members of an ISIL-affiliated group are tasked with kidnapping journalists in the region and returning them to Syria. Members of this group might try to mask their affiliation with ISIL to gain access to journalists,” the bulletin reads.

The bulletin also noted the recent executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and cited an online post by an ISIL supporter titled “A Message to 2.6 Million Muslims in the United States: This Is How To Respond to Obama’s War on Islam.” The post’s author identified media personnel such as anchormen, field reporters, and talk show hosts as those who were “proved to be biased” and, as such, were prioritized targets for execution.

The bulletin, which the FBI supplied to news organizations so that they “may take appropriate steps to notify their journalists in the field,” was dated Oct. 22 but sent out Thursday by the Public Affairs department for the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Among the many reasons why the West is engaged in a military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria was the Islamic State’s capture and beheading of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff. This development indicates that ISIS wants to continue to use reporters are hostages, or worse.

Breitbart Texas editor Branden Darby had posted an unclassified memo reportedly from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI warning that, while there is no indication that an attack is in the planning stages, anyone affiliated with law enforcement or the media should take precautions.

“The document alerts US law enforcement personnel, including FBI Special Agents, to be aware of their surroundings and to monitor their families’ use of social media to ‘avoid revealing FBI or law enforcement affiliation,’” Darby reported.


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Who’s up for a fund to send Madcow etal to Iraq ?

rik on October 23, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I nominate Chris “Tingles” Matthews….

Doc Holliday on October 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I’m going to control my urge to incredibly nasty.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

FBI warns ISIS trying to kidnap journalists abroad

Is it really too difficult to add the words that and is?

Basilsbest on October 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Poor Noah he really takes a beating from the grammar folks.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Hmmm. Capn’ Obvious works for the FBI?

CW on October 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM

So suddenly LIBERAL, anti-gun “reporters” will now feel that they need to go around ARMED?

GarandFan on October 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Rosie O will volunteer herself to be kidnapped by ISIS !
They need ” women” for their koranic cult I hear .

burrata on October 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

What did the FBI warn ISIS about?

Walter L. Newton on October 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Poor Noah he really takes a beating from the grammar folks.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Newspapers must drive the grammar nazis crazy.

CW on October 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Laugh it up, but Greg Palkott is reporting very close to the front.

John the Libertarian on October 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

FBI warns ISIS trying to kidnap journalists abroad

Can we pick the journalists?

Geraldo, I’m looking at you and your brother Craig.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Hey Noah, if it makes you feel better, I left “be” out of my comment.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Leftwing propagandist just ain’t the career it used to be. At least they’ll get to record some tasty anti-American vitriol before they get their heads hacked off.

Rational Thought on October 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Laugh it up, but Greg Palkott is reporting very close to the front.

John the Libertarian on October 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Daniel Pearl ring a bell? There is an inherent amount of risk when reporting from the front.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2014 at 8:13 PM

CW on October 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I guess but the bad thing about a blog is the instant feedback.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:13 PM

John the Libertarian on October 23, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I would be very bummed if he got kidnapped.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Poor Noah he really takes a beating from the grammar folks.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

We see what you did there.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 23, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Why would the FBI warn ISIS?

mattshu on October 23, 2014 at 8:16 PM

What did the FBI warn ISIS about?

Walter L. Newton on October 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

That the Mooch needs a roll of duct tape to get ready everyday ?

burrata on October 23, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Is it really too difficult to add the words that and is?

Basilsbest on October 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

I agree that Noah is often grammar challenged, but when doing headlines it’s common to eliminate unnecessary words as long as the description of the piece isn’t skewed. I’ll give him a pass on this.

TXUS on October 23, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Who’s up for a fund to send Madcow etal to Iraq ?

rik on October 23, 2014 at 8:04 PM

My first thought when I read the headline.

Lou Budvis on October 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I think Glenn Greenwald should take this story on …

Deploy to Syria and Iraq and discover if it’s true.

You know, for the sake of objective journalism and fact finding.

Plus, you know, to make sure the FBI isn’t just trying to scare us.

Grinch on October 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

OT….RUT ROH

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CoffeeLover on October 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Check out Ace: Man attacks cop in NYC subway with ax — possible terror connection.

Rational Thought on October 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

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CoffeeLover on October 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Ebola czar will be so mad , how TF did this story get out ?

burrata on October 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

I think we were all aware that journalists abroad were in jeopardy of abduction, but this latest warning is directed towards journalists here at home. ISIS is asking those moderate, peaceful Muslims living here to do their duty and wage Jihad right here in the good old U.S.A….

Who will be the 1st, I wonder….

bimmcorp on October 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

You need one of these and this one.

RickB on October 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

FBI added bears crap in woods and Pope is Catholic.

profitsbeard on October 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM

The New York Times ✔ @nytimes

Breaking News: Patient in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola
http://nyti.ms/1ozqDM0

CoffeeLover on October 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Ebola czar will be so mad , how TF did this story get out ?

burrata on October 23, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Isn’t this the same dude that went Ebowling with his pals last night???

bimmcorp on October 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

yes

CoffeeLover on October 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Good. Targeting the West’s useful idiots will be to their great detriment. Smarter terrorists would be appealing to their White guilt.

Zenji on October 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I’m going to control my urge to incredibly nasty.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

.
I know … it’s tough

listens2glenn on October 23, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Isn’t this the same dude that went Ebowling with his pals last night???

bimmcorp on October 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Looks like it .
Now even Hussein will be mad, HOW did this story get out .
After all, after the appointment of ebola czar, Hussein was supposed to have vanquished ebola with a speech .

burrata on October 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Looks like it .
Now even Hussein will be mad, HOW did this story get out .
After all, after the appointment of ebola czar, Hussein was supposed to have vanquished ebola with a speech .

burrata on October 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Yep. Obola is gonna be pissed when he looks at his paper tomorrow afternoon…

bimmcorp on October 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Check out Ace: Man attacks cop in NYC subway with ax — possible terror connection.

Rational Thought on October 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Good thing he didn’t get sweaty in a bowling alley or something like that.

Walter L. Newton on October 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

So…how many journalists will do a u-turn on gun control? Or at least shut up about it very, very quickly!

HakerA on October 23, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Check out Ace: Man attacks cop in NYC subway with ax — possible terror connection.

Rational Thought on October 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

And as I just said….they are here…

bimmcorp on October 23, 2014 at 9:52 PM

How bout Joan Walsh?

Hey_Ange on October 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM

FBI warns ISIS trying to kidnap journalists abroad

The schadenfreude is strong on this one…

Bruno Strozek on October 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I’m going to control my urge to incredibly nasty.

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

C’mon ma’am, you got hate in your heart, let it out and run free. Its best that you do.

arnold ziffel on October 23, 2014 at 10:38 PM

This warning is only 1400 years to late.

Taking hostages has been standard Koranic doctrine since Mo had his revalation in the cave.

jpmn on October 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

The Congressmen from Washington and New York have concluded that ISIS is not a threat. They caucus with a Congressman who worries about the island of Guam tipping over. Really, both concerns need investigation. I’d suggest House conservatives travel to Guam and House liberals travel to Syria and assess.

catsmeow on October 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM