Islamic State-linked jihadis continued Monday to promote an essay released over the weekend calling for Election Day attacks and the “slaughter” of U.S. voters.
Published Saturday by the terror group’s “Al Hayat media center,” a seven-page essay entitled “The Murtadd Vote” or apostate vote, was shared across numerous Islamic State affiliated channels including the group’s “Khilafah News” channels, and social media accounts.
Despite the removal of many of the channels and links by social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Telegram and even the open-access Internet Archive, jihadis were back in full force Monday in a virtual “Get Out The Vote” jihadi-style drive aimed at stirring supporters to carry out so-called ‘lone-wolf’ attacks as Americans head to the voting booths Tuesday.
The Foreign Desk has seen at least two open-invite “Khilfah News” channels on the encrypted Telegram Messenger- the social media application of choice for ISIS jihadis- disseminating the group’s propaganda. Typically these channels are invite-only and access keys to the secret rooms time out within a short time after publication, making it harder for authorities to gain access and shut down these channels.