Rep. Max Rose

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Staten Island Congressman Calls On Social Media Networks To Fight Terrorism

May 20, 2019 - 5:10 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A freshman congressman from Staten Island said Monday that the treat of terror is now greater than it ever has been.  

Congressman Max Rose, an Afghanistan war veteran, told the SHIELD Conference that the people running America’s social media networks are not doing their part to combat terrorism.

“Facebook, Twitter, YouTube – what do you spend on counterterror spending or on counterterrorism? What is your resource allocation? What is your personnel allocation? None of them have given us a clear answer,” Rose said. “They have no given us a clear answer beyond telling us that 5 to 10 years from now, artificial intelligence can solve this problem.”

He notes that the time to be diligent is now, not years from now.

“Al-Qaeda is resurrecting, ISIS is devolving back into a diffuse terrorist network, but one that is still incredibly capable of orchestrating complex attacks, as we've recently seen, Iran and other state actors are using non-state proxies like Hezbollah, which considers terrorism its number one instrument of warfare,” Rose said.

The Staten Island Democrat told the gathering of private security experts and cops, “It used to be we weren't gathering enough intelligence. It used to be we were not partnering enough. Now, today, the problem is exactly the opposite. We have too much intelligence, too much information. The haystack has gotten so large that we can't even find the needle in it.”

Rose declared the goal is to unearth actionable intelligence and for that he called community policing the "tip of the spear” in our counterterrorism efforts.