Senator to propose rewards bill for reporting terrorists online

The Office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told AP on Sunday that the Senate’s second ranking Democrat will formally introduce legislation at the end of April that stipulates a minimum $25,000 reward to individuals who forward information about terrorist activity on social media sites to law enforcement.

The bill will also require the State Department to publicize the allotment of rewards and increase advertising for the terrorist tip hotline, 1-800-US-Rewards.

“With ISIS using social media to recruit and plan terror attacks reaching disaffected lone wolves, the feds must do more to increase the number of public eyes on social media to prevent attacks,” Sen. Schumer said in a statement.

Schumer’s press release on Monday cited the case of a former Rochester, NY, pizza parlor owner who used 23 Facebook accounts to “seek donations and declare his support for violent jihad and allegiance to the Islamic State”.

The suspect, one Mufid Elfgeeh, plead guilty to the charge of supporting a foreign terrorist organization and was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.

The forthcoming bill, entitled “Preventing Terrorism Through Social Media Act of 2016”, proposes that the State Department pay informants for tips that result in an arrest.

The maximum monetary reward would be set at $25 million, supposedly if the arrest results in the conviction of a high-level terrorist threat.

 

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