When we say anyone could be on the latest ISIS kill list, we really mean anyone.The faux-state and terror group has moved on from targeting foreign leaders.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the kill lists of the so-called Islamic State have been increasing in length, and even ordinary American citizens are finding themselves listed.A list distributed late last month contained the names of more than 2,000 New Yorkers, while another listed about 1,500 Texans. None of the people had known connections to government or to issues that the terror group cares about, according to counterterrorism officials.
That development is sparking a debate among counterterrorism officials about whether the government should keep notifying all the individuals identified. While ISIS has distributed kill lists for more than a year—typically over Twitter and other social-media platforms—officials say such lists are increasing greatly in size and have moved from targeting dozens of military or government officials at a time to thousands of ordinary citizens.
If ISIS truly were going to target these people, it’s a bit questionable why they would give them a heads up beforehand. As the Wall Street Journal notes, no one on the list has had their life threatened to date.A women who found herself on one of the lists was assured by police that she was in no danger, but was quoted as saying “It does affect the way you respond day to day. It becomes part of your existence and you’re second-guessing everything around you.” They’re not trying to physically hurt anyone with these lists, it’s just a different form of terror: psychological.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]