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Think Your Kids Aren’t Vulnerable to ISIS Recruitment? Think Again

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A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to trying to set off

a bomb at an army base.

Authorities say he acted on behalf of ISIS.

CBN National Security Correspondent Erik Rosales

has more on the growing threat facing America-- homegrown

terrorists.

ERIK ROSALES (VOICEOVER): This man--

20-year-old John T. Booker Jr. of Topeka, Kansas--

will serve 30 years for attempting

to detonate a car bomb on the Fort Riley Military Base.

Agents say he tried to connect some wires to what he thought

was a bomb inside of a van.

It turns out that the bomb was provided by an FBI informant.

Thankfully, the Feds had him under surveillance for months.

Mr. Booker was a young man who was born in Kansas,

raised in Kansas, went to school in Kansas but somehow became

lost and became self-radicalized in his basement watching jihad

tapes, and adopted a perverse notion of what Islam was.

ERIK ROSALES (VOICEOVER): Former US attorney Barry Grissom

says the FBI investigation began after Booker posted on Facebook

that he wanted to commit jihad.

Grissom says Booker tried to enlist in the Army

to commit an inside attack against American soldiers.

The notion that we can build a wall

or that we can deny visas for the purpose of keeping

folks who want to do our citizens harm--

that that's going to address any issues

we have is completely wrong.

Our biggest problem in law enforcement

right now is the lone wolf.

Terror experts say people who feel

disenfranchised from society and are looking for something

bigger than themselves are often targeted by groups like ISIS.

Many are not on government watch lists

because they've never been arrested.

ERIK ROSALES (VOICEOVER): The FBI

reportedly has over 1,000 active terrorism investigations

in all 50 states.

Also, at least 250 people have attempted to

or have traveled from the US to join extremist groups

in Syria or Iraq.

And since March 2014, 128 individuals

have been charged with terrorism-related activities

in connection with ISIS.

All you who believe, answer the call of Allah.

ERIK ROSALES (VOICEOVER): Experts

call it a homegrown phenomenon in the truest sense

of the word.

They're vying for our youth.

They're trying to attract them as well as all

the other competing Al-Qeada.

And there's a whole long list, quite honestly,

of various groups

ERIK ROSALES (VOICEOVER): Christie Ann Boudreau

knows that all too well.

Her son became an ISIS militant.

While growing up in Calgary, Boudreau

remembers Damian as a warm and compassionate young man.

That all changed in high school.

At age 17, feeling disconnected from his classmates,

Damian converted to Islam.

She had no idea what was coming when Damian told her he wanted

to study Arabic in Egypt.

In reality, the 22-year-old headed instead to Syria

to join ISIS fighters.

At the end of January, 2012, that's

when when our community equivalent of the FBI

showed up on the doorstep and said they've

been watching him for almost two years.

ERIK ROSALES (VOICEOVER): In November, 2012,

Damian died during rebel infighting.

Boudreau now runs Hayat Canada Family

Support and Mothers for Life to provide support and outreach

for those affected by violent extremism.

For Boudreau, the anti-jihad cause has taken over much

of her life.

She urges all parents to watch over their children

and to make sure what they're watching online is appropriate.

Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.

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