Homegrown Terror & Radicalization Congressional Testimonies Archive

The Future of Homeland Security: Evolving and Emerging Threats (PDF)

July 11, 2012

Al Qaeda’s Senior Leadership is back on their heels; key leaders have met their demise including Usama Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. Nevertheless, the ideology that Bin Laden and others, such as the culturally fluent American-born extremist and self-styled cleric al-Awlaki, have propounded lives on. This ideology is the lifeblood that continues to sustain the vitality and growth of the global jihadist movement.

Assessing and Addressing the Threat: Defining the Role of a National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism (PDF)

June 14, 2007

Recent events have only reinforced the importance of studying the phenomenon of radicalization in various contexts -- in prisons, over the Internet, here at home in the United States, and also abroad -- and driven home the sense of urgency that should accompany both examination of and action against radicalization.

The Internet: A Portal to Violent Islamist Extremism (PDF)

May 03, 2007

Savvy use of the Internet has empowered terror networks to expand their reach beyond national borders by enabling wide distribution of a compelling message and social connectivity with new audiences. Cyberspace is now the battlefield and the “war” is one of ideas.

The Homeland Security Implications of Radicalization (PDF)

September 20, 2006

Whether beyond prison walls or inside them, it is essential to better understand the life cycle of a terrorist – specifically, the process by which an individual becomes motivated to listen to radical ideas, read about them, enlist oneself or respond to terrorist recruiting efforts, and ultimately, undertake terrorist activity.

Prisoner Radicalization: Are Terrorist Cells Forming in U.S. Cell Blocks? (PDF)

September 19, 2006

Prison radicalization is, of course, a subset of the more general phenomenon of radicalization that has manifested itself in a series of terrorist attacks and activities including the bombings in Madrid (3/11) and London (7/7), and operations recently uncovered in Canada. The larger terrorist threat is the tapestry against which prisoner radicalization must be studied, but that fabric is ever changing.