One lawmaker is demanding answers from the FBI, asking why Americans are not informed when their names show up on an ISIS “hit list.”
Republican Senator Charles Grassley wrote a letter to FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying, “There shouldn’t be any question in the minds of FBI officials that Americans deserve to know if they are on an ISIS hit list.”
Grassley called on the FBI to explain its procedures in contacting those who are potential targets.
While thousands of New Yorkers were informed by NYPD detectives in April that their names had appeared on an ISIS list of potential targets, Grassley said other police departments around the nation were not notifying people.
A report by Circa News said they contacted dozens of people who had no idea they were on an ISIS list.
The FBI issued a statement saying it “routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threats.” John Cohen, a former DHS counterterrorism expert, said that informing thousands of people is “taxing on the agency’s resources,” and the lists “may not even be significant.”
Fox News reports that several ISIS hit lists have been posted on social media and various websites linked to ISIS. One list included about 12,000 Canadian residents, including their addresses and phone numbers.
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