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Mike McFadden on Homeland Security

 


Combat propaganda & recruiting by the Islamic State

Congressional candidates across the country are debating how to stop the Islamic State abroad, but Minnesota's Senate race has the candidates trading shots over how to stop terrorist recruitment much closer to home, after dozens of young Minnesota men are believed to have gone to train overseas as jihadist warriors.

Mike McFadden, the Republican, has accused Democratic incumbent Sen. Al Franken of failing to stop Minnesota from becoming a recruiting ground for extremists, and this week he released his own plan to combat propaganda and recruiting campaigns by the Islamic State, Somalia-based Al Shabab and other Islamist organizations aimed at Minnesota immigrant young people.

Franken, who is finishing his first term, counters that he's been on top of the issue for years. McFadden argues that Franken--and the Obama administration as a whole--have not done enough to stop the trend.

Source: Washington Times on 2014 Minnesota Senate debate , Oct 8, 2014

We need a national strategy against ISIS, and don't have one

Franken and McFadden agreed on combating the increasingly powerful Syrian group known as Islamic State through targeted airstrikes and arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels. Though McFadden lauded Franken's decision to vote with Obama on airstrikes, he chastised him for a lack of foreign policy strategy, and faulted him for not doing enough about terrorist recruitment at home in Minnesota. McFadden called Franken's efforts "a day late and a dollar short."

Franken countered that he pressed the FBI and US Justice Department to focus more resources to crack down on terrorist recruitment. Franken said McFadden last year ducked a question on what action to take after Syrian President Bashar Assad was believed to have used chemical weapons on his own people. "He refused to answer because it was a tough call," Franken said. "It is easy to score political points from the bleachers. This is a serious job. You've got to make real choices in real time."

Source: Star-Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate debate , Oct 2, 2014

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