Homegrown Terror & Radicalization

Radicalization to violence is a continuing challenge that knows no borders.  It may be fostered in prisons or al Qaeda training sites; or it may be facilitated by the Internet.  In fact, the Internet has figured prominently in an overwhelming number of cases of homegrown radicalization and terrorism plots, thus blurring the line between foreign and domestic threats.  A multidimensional strategy to counter radicalization and violent extremism worldwide is needed.  Ideology is the lifeblood that continues to sustain al Qaeda and its ilk, by “inspiring” individuals across the globe and here at home.  Until we hit back hard in this area, by de-legitimizing and de-glamorizing their narrative, our adversaries will manage to recruit and replenish their ranks as well as recharge and retain those already in the fight. 

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