May 6, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Domestic Terrorism

TRENTON, [NJ]--While ISIS dominates headlines, another threat faces New Jersey. Domestic terrorism, including homegrown violent extremists, anti-government militias and white supremacists. According to New Jersey’s annual terrorism threat assessment, more than half of last year’s terrorist activity was spurred by domestic terrorists. Nationally, 17 of the 31 terrorist events last year — including threats, plots and attacks — occurred on the East Coast. Officials say this area — New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland — is particularly vulnerable. “We have a lot of critical infrastructure. We have a lot of people. We have a diverse demographic here on the East Coast. And what makes New Jersey even more unique to that is that we butt up right against New York City. And so we want to constantly be sharing information across that river to make sure we know what’s going on there, they know what’s going on here and that we’re collectively analyzing things holistically,” said Rosemary Martorana, director of intelligence for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. The first-of-its-kind event was closed-door to encourage information sharing and coordination. J.M. Berger led a panel on how social media is used as a recruiting tool. View More>>

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