Hunting ISIS: FBI’s Elite Surveillance Teams are Tracking at Least 48 High Risk Suspects

Hunting ISIS: FBI’s Elite Surveillance Teams are Tracking at Least 48 High Risk Suspects

Yeah, Obama says just before Thanksgiving that America is TOTALLY secure and safe. Nothing to see here folks. I pointed out the obvious when the FBI issued a national warning on copycat attacks that could happen, mimicking the Paris attacks. Over 1,000 active cases are in play now and the FBI has surveillance teams tracking at least 48 high risk suspects. Does that sound ‘safe’ to you? These bad guys are so high risk that the mobile surveillance teams are after them. That’s not messing around. Someone knows something very bad is in the pipeline if we don’t find these guys. These elite FBI teams are reserved for espionage, mob violence and high-priority terrorism cases. Do the math. Tick tock.

ISIS In America

From Fox News:

With as many as 1,000 active cases, Fox News has learned at least 48 ISIS suspects are considered so high risk that the FBI is using its elite tracking squads known as the mobile surveillance teams or MST to track them domestically.

“There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance,” Republican Sen. Dan Coats said.

Coats, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, would not comment on specifics, but said the around-the-clock surveillance is a major commitment for the bureau. “The FBI together with law enforcement agencies across the country are engaged in this. It takes enormous amount of manpower to do this on a 24-7 basis. It takes enormous amount of money to do this,” Coats explained.

These elite FBI teams are reserved for espionage, mob violence and high-priority terrorism cases, like a joint terrorism task force case last June, where a 26 year old suspect Usaama Rahim, was killed outside a Massachusetts CVS. When a police officer and FBI agent tried to question him, the Boston Police Commissioner said Rahim threatened them with a knife, and was shot dead.

With at least a dozen agents assigned to each case, providing 24/7 coverage, this high level of surveillance reflects the severe risk associated with suspects most likely to attempt copycat attacks after Paris.

“It is a big resource drain. Yes it is. Almost overwhelming,” Coats said when asked about the demand placed on the FBI. “There will be a lot of people over the Thanksgiving weekend that will not be enjoying turkey with their family. They’ll be out there providing security for the American people and the threat is particularly high during this holiday period.”

One of the lessons of Paris is that the radicalization process can be swift. According to published reports, friends of the female suspect who was killed in the siege of Saint Denis, Hasna Ait Boulahcen, abandoned her party life only a month before joining her cousin, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the plot’s on the ground commander. He was also killed in the siege.

FBI Director James Comey has consistently drawn attention to this phenomenon, calling it the “flash to bang,” that the time between radicalization and crossing the threshold to violent action can be very short. Last week, in a rare public appearance with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Comey would only say that “dozens” of suspected radicals have been under “tight surveillance.”

“Together we are watching people of concern using all of our lawful tools. We will keep watching them and if we see something we will work to disrupt it,” Comey said.

Contacted by Fox News, an FBI spokesman had no comment on the high risk cases, nor the use of elite surveillance teams.

Obama is doubling and tripling down on bringing in Syrian refugees that undoubtedly have ISIS militants in their midst. You don’t do this if you give a hot damn about the American people or the country in general. He’s doing it to change the voting demographic and convert America into an Islamic nation. If a few million Americans die in the process, he doesn’t seem concerned. Hundreds of suspected ISIS sympathizers in the U.S. are now being monitored. The number of live cases bolsters the concerns of some lawmakers about the possibility of ISIS operatives infiltrating the U.S. via the refugee resettlement program. The Obama Administration has announced a minimum of 10,000 Syrian refugees will be resettled in the U.S. in the next two years. More realistically and more in line with his intentions, you can expect somewhere around 200,000. All potentially terrorists. The FBI is now working 24/7 to find these people and the clock is ticking. The threat from ISIS now comes from within as well, with American teenagers and Islamic converts among those seduced by the group’s torrent of chilling online propaganda. The hunt for ISIS in the homeland just got a lot more intense.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - She also does research at You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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