WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that the Islamic State had become “the most effective recruiter in the world” and that the only solution was to engage American technology companies in blocking or taking down militant websites, videos and encrypted communications.
“You are going to hear all the familiar complaints: ‘freedom of speech,’ ” Mrs. Clinton said in an
hourlong speech and question-and-answer session at the Saban Forum, an annual gathering at the Brookings Institution that focuses mostly on Israel’s security issues.
In a reference to Silicon Valley’s reverence for disruptive technologies, Mrs. Clinton said, “We need to put the great disrupters at work at disrupting ISIS,” an acronym used for the militant group.
It was the second time in two weeks that Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, had thrown herself into the brewing battle between Silicon Valley and the government over what steps should be taken to block the use of Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and a range of encrypted apps that are adopted by terrorist groups.
Mrs. Clinton’s comments echo recent White House calls for what would amount to a cease-fire with technology firms after the revelations by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, that the government had gotten inside the firm’s communications technology.
But Mrs. Clinton is also risking putting herself at odds with technology executives and entrepreneurs crucial to her campaign’s fund-raising. And in Iowa and New Hampshire, states important early in the campaign, there is still considerable suspicion of the government and its demands for greater access to daily electronic communications.
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They would love to do something about the encrypted aps and the dark web the last bastion of privacy.
But with every freedom there are those who abuse it and will ruin it for all.
All I can say is, Sen. Diane Feinstein said this same thing a few weeks ago.
We have gigantic federal beauracracies but all those union workers never can accomplish a thing.
IF, because of this, we have to outsource to private contractors, let’s pay for it by FIRING thousands of unionized federal do-nothing ”workers.”
You know, that’s a great idea… as long as I get to decide what should be blocked. How’s that sound to you, Hillary?
By the way, Hill, are you aware that when you say “ISIS”, you are saying “Islamic State”? Are you accusing all Muslims of being terrorists?
she is an idiot, isis is one of the best recruiters in the world today. yes and the outsourcing would be to her best and highest political donors-side deal making is not new to this slut-puppy
De-unionizing all public offices and agencies would be a good start. De-obamaizing the federal government a more difficult task the minions are deeply imbeded.
@mos 8541: ISIS has an easy job of recruiting. They appeal to a group that has been indoctrinated to want to kill… MURDER… those unlike them (we are taught to accept and forgive others, even if it takes extra effort; ESPECIALLY if it takes extra effort). So, to round up thousands of neredowells with a predilection to slaughter and rape, particularly when due to their hatred and obsession they never develop an economy or jobs… how hard can that be?
Democrats do it the same way; appeal to the demographic always looking to get their free-ride ticket punched, vilifying those who have succeeded as the enemy that is stealing from them; “vote for us and we will take from them and give to you”… how hard can that be?
Worked in IT for over 15 years. The really scary part is sitting at a mid level Kremlin meeting and hoping that my cover was not compromised. Get Van Hipp’s book The New Terrorism, interesting reading
If you compare the size of the pool that they are drawing from to the number of recruits that they get, ISIS is actually a pretty poor recruiter.
One of the reasons that the Russians suffered relatively few terrorist attacks is that they understood their enemy. The most important unit to a Muslim is their family, so when they identified a terrorist, they not only killed him, they sent in their own people to wipe out his family.
I don’t know if they are still doing that, but maybe…