Just hours before the latest GOP presidential primary debate, Hillary Clinton will lay out her strategy for counterterrorism during remarks today on the campus at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis.
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According to aides, in her speech, the Democratic frontrunner will call for a “360-degree strategy” to combat domestic radicalization and foreign-inspired attacks here at home, such as the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Officials say the suspects in the shooting, Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, were inspired by ISIS.
Clinton’s strategy will include shutting down the terrorist network's recruitment efforts online, stopping would-be jihadists from getting training overseas, preventing foreign fighters from coming into the U.S., discovering plots before they can be carried out and supporting law enforcement officers who respond to such attacks, according to a campaign official. She will also call for empowering Muslim-American communities here in the U.S.
Clinton will specifically point to local counterterrorism efforts in Minneapolis, where she is giving her remarks, as an example for how to proceed with these efforts.
The release of Clinton’s plan comes nearly one month after the former secretary of state delivered a speech at the Center on Foreign Relations in New York City, where she laid out a broader strategy to defeat and destroy ISIS – including a call for social media companies in Silicon Valley to play a larger role in combating the terrorist group online.
In a recent interview on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Clinton specifically called on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to help aid with the fight against ISIS and their online radicalization efforts.
"They cannot permit the recruitment and the actual direction of attacks or the celebration of violence by this sophisticated Internet user,” Clinton said about the social networking sites. "They're going to have to help us take down these announcements and these appeals.”