By Brooklyn Reader

March 3, 2015, 7:48 am

 

ISIS, terror, video games, social media, NYPD, terrorism, preparedness, Bill Bratton

ISIS uses GTA 5, a modified version of the game as tool for recruiting teens. Egyptian media reports that the game is meant to “raise the morale of the Mujahideen, and the training of children and young teenagers to fight the West.”

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said he thinks law enforcement agencies are a step behind ISIS, when it comes to leveraging social media and video games as a recruiting tool, the Post reports.

Bratton said the biggest problem remains the Islamic State’s continual efforts to radicalize children and young adults. In the past, indoctrination was a slow and steady process. However, in today’s “Microwave Age of Technology,” everything can happen in an instance and be communicated to the masses at one time. ISIS is all about leveraging the through media forms wildly popular in the U.S. and across the world, to achieve quick and instant results

“The challenge for us is how do we deal with that?” Bratton said. “We have to deal with the violence that they are engaged in, but we also have to deal with the issue [of radicalization]. We have not been able to come up with a solution to how easy is it to recruit tens of thousands of young men and women whose cause is all about barbarism, all about crime, all about murder.

“[ISIS] has, in fact, effectively been able to accomplish more in a year than Al Queda has accomplished in any one of their operations.”

 


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