FBI Director: Islamic State Has ‘Revolutionized’ Terrorism

NEW YORK (Reuters) -
FILE - In this July 8, 2015, photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey spoke July 22 on the threat posed to the U.S. by the Islamic State Group at the Aspen Security Conference in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Islamic State has “revolutionized” terrorism by seeking to inspire small-scale individual attacks around the world through social media, encrypted communications and slickly produced propaganda, FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday.

“Your parents’ al-Qaida was a very different model than the threat we face today,” Comey said at a counterterrorism conference in New York City.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation currently has “hundreds” of investigations in all 50 states involving potential Islamic State-inspired plots.