The former head of the CIA noted the danger of online extremism

© AP Photo / Bob LeveroneБывший CIA Director David Petraeus. Archival photoThe former head of the CIA noted the danger of online extremism© AP Photo / Bob Leverone

Measures taken by many governments to combat extremism on the Internet, insufficient, Islamism is spreading «like a giant tumor» destroying the society, said the former head of the CIA and former commander of international forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus.

Petraeus wrote the Foreword to the report of the British think tank Policy Exchange. According to the report, the United Kingdom, where over the past six months there have been five attacks, ranked fifth in the list of the largest audiences of extremist content in the world after Turkey, USA, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. This means that these countries account for the largest number of «clicks» on the extremist materials. In the list of countries leading in the number of «clicks» also includes Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Germany, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Kuwait.

«I saw the defeat of jihadist forces in one place does not mean victory over them in General, and even, unfortunately, a long victory in this place,» wrote Petraeus.

«The threat posed by jihadist extremism in recent years, in fact, turned into the ever-growing tumor. He became the scourge of the Internet that enable jihadists to penetrate our society and erode the very fabric,» said Petraeus.

In his opinion, the attempted bombing in London last week is another evidence of the threat.

«The attempted bombing of subway train in London last Friday with the use of the device, which can be assembled using the instructions on the Internet, reiterated this threat,» said Petraeus.

Petraeus noted that the measures taken by governments in combating extremism on the Internet, insufficient.

«Obviously, our efforts to combat extremism on the Internet is inadequate. In fact, I don’t think we made any «big ideas» needed to solve», — said the former head of the CIA.

According to Petraeus, people understand the scale of the threat and feel that the measures taken to protect against extremism, insufficient.

«For example, two-thirds of Britons believe that the leading Internet companies do not take sufficient measures to combat radicalisation online, and three quarters want these companies to do more to find and remove extremist content. People expect and have the right to expect that the influential and rich Internet corporations will do more,» said Petraeus.