NYC police have published a report on terrorism titled, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat.”
I am not sure I agree with everything in this report but I am impressed by the real attempt to understand terrorism. It is good to see law enforcement analyze terrorism the same way they would other dangerous crimes.
I like to think that people would like to read it themselves rather than just here what the media has to say about it. Who knows if the reporters even took the time to read it? So I am providing the link below…
Click here for the full report.
There is no useful profile to assist law enforcement or intelligence to predict who will follow this trajectory of radicalization. Rather, the individuals who take this course begin as “unremarkable” from various walks of life.
On the internet:
The Internet plays an important role during the radicalization process. As individuals progress through the various stages, their use of the internet evolves as well. In the Self-Identification phase, the internet serves chiefly as the person’s source of information about Islam and a venue to meet other seekers online. With the aggressive proliferation of the jihadi-Salafi ideology online, it is nearly impossible for someone to avoid this extreme interpretation of Islam.
During the Indoctrination phase those undergoing this self-imposed brainwashing devote their time in the cyber world to the extremist sites and chat rooms—tapping into virtual networks of like-minded individuals around the world who reinforce the individual’s beliefs and commitment and further legitimize them. At this stage, individuals or the groups they are in are likely to begin proliferating jihadi-Salafist ideology online along with consuming it. The Internet becomes a virtual “echo chamber” –acting as a radicalization accelerant while creating the path for the ultimate stage of Jihadization.
Prisons can play a critical role in both triggering and reinforcing the radicalization process. The prison’s isolated environment, ability to create a “captive audience” atmosphere, its absence of day-to-day distractions, and its large population of disaffected young men, makes it an excellent breeding ground for radicalization.
What do you think about this report? Comments welcome…