‘They are here’: Former intel official charges White House puts lid on news of ISIL presence in U.S.

by WorldTribune Staff, August 10, 2016

The former top intelligence official in the Obama administration said jihadists aligned with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) are already in the United States and the White House is hiding information on that threat from the American public.

“They are here,” Gen. Michael Flynn, former Defense Intelligence Agency director for the Obama administration, told the Washington Free Beacon, adding that he is aware of roughly 1,000 instances in which ISIL-aligned terrorists have been caught plotting in the United States.

Gen. Michael Flynn: 'The American public is tough. We can take the truth.'
Gen. Michael Flynn: ‘The American public is tough. We can take the truth.’

“The director of the FBI has said it,” Flynn, now an adviser to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, explained. “There are dozens and dozens and dozens, and I think the number I’ve heard is 1,000, but I don’t know the exact numbers. But I do know there are a lot of cases against members inspired or directed by the Islamic State in this country.”

That information has not reached the American public because the Obama administration is suppressing news relating to the terror plots, Flynn said.

“There should be more publicity about what we’ve discovered,” said Flynn, co-author of the book The Field of Fight: How We Can Win The Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies. “We ought to expose it, expose its [ISIL’s] weaknesses, expose its dangers to the American public. We’re a tough crowd. The American public is tough. We can take the truth.”

ISIL’s jihadists “are doing a variety of things. Some are tactical attacks that you’ve seen. Some is just infiltrating into sort of what I call the bloodstream of main street America. That’s just the way they’re going to do it,” he added.

America’s difficulties in facing down ISIL are the result of the Obama administration’s failure to clearly define the enemy, Flynn told the Beacon.

“Warfare 101 is know your enemy, know yourself, you’ll win 1,000 battles,” he said. “This president, who is also wearing the hat of commander-in-chief, has shown really a level of incompetence when it comes to clearly understanding and clearly defining the enemy we are facing. This is a political problem. We face political incompetence at this point.”

Flynn said the next president must take steps to “clearly define the enemy and the threat it poses to Western values.”