At a Glance | October 30

Recruiting Posters for White Nationalist Group Found on Rutgers Campuses

Posters for Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group, appeared October 23 on buildings and vehicles at Rutgers University campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway. Some of the posters said, “Our Generation. Our Future. Our Last Chance” and listed the group’s website. School officials condemned the message and had the posters removed because the group is not a recognized university organization. Posters from Identity Evropa also appeared at Stockton State University in Atlantic County last month. Identity Evropa is dedicated to educating the “public about the importance of a collective European identity,” and it promotes networking to ensure “[European] people will have a future.” The group has made a concerted effort to display posters at colleges and universities nationwide as part of #ProjectSeige. Another white nationalist group, Vanguard America, is also recruiting at colleges, and its posters have been seen in New Jersey at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Princeton University.


Passengers Flying to United States Get Additional Screening

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All travelers flying into the United States began undergoing pre-boarding interviews and closer examinations of electronic devices (photo, right) on October 26, as new measures by the Department of Homeland Security took effect. The enhancements aim to detect explosives hidden in electronics and keep airport workers from smuggling bombs onto planes. Some airlines handed questionnaires to all US-bound passengers to complete. About 325,000 people enter the United States on 2,000 flights daily from 280 airports in 105 countries. This summer, domestic travelers at regular Transportation Security Administration lanes were directed to remove all electronics larger than cellphones from carry-on bags and put them in a separate bin for X-ray screening.


As ‘Caliphate’ Crumbles, Report Estimates Thousands of Foreign Fighters Have Returned Home

Of the more than 40,000 foreigners who traveled to the Mideast to join ISIS, at least 5,600 have returned to 33 countries as the caliphate continues to lose territory, according to a new report from The Soufan Group. “While returning Foreign Fighters have not as yet added significantly to the threat of terrorism around the world, the number of attacks inspired or directed by the Islamic State continues to rise. All returnees, whatever their reason for going home, will continue to pose some degree of risk,” the report found, adding that this “presents a huge challenge for security and law enforcement entities.” It determined 129 ISIS fighters came from the United States, and that seven have returned. Some US returnees have been prosecuted, while at least one is intervening with radicalized people who are considering joining ISIS, said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. “My concern is whether these returning foreign fighters take essentially a rock-star status in their communities, right? They’re the guys who got to Syria and Iraq. They tried to join the so-called caliphate. And now they're the ones to listen to,” Hughes told National Public Radio.


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