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New Terrorist Tactic or Ticking Time Bomb?

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“Lone offender” or “Lone Wolf” terrorism poses a particular problem for officials, as it is considerably more difficult to gather intelligence on lone wolves, compared to conventional threats. The reason for this is because the individual commits violent and/or non-violent acts in support of some group, movement, or ideology, but does so alone, outside of any command structure. While the lone wolf's actions are motivated to advance the group's goal, the tactics and methods are conceived and directed solely by the lone wolf, without any outside command or direction.

Be aware that there have been many recent examples of extremist organizations reaching out to disaffected young men and women in the U.S., making the threat from terrorism to the U.S. homeland arguably more acute now than at any time since September 11, 2001. In his book “Leaderless Jihad”, Dr. Marc Sageman, a former CIA officer, argued that, "the present threat has evolved from a structured group of masterminds controlling vast resources and issuing commands to a multitude of informal groups conceiving and executing operations from the bottom up forming a scattered global network, or “leaderless jihad." Additionally, Bruce Hoffman, a professor at Georgetown University and author of "Inside Terrorism,” has said “In determining the true nature of the crime, the US must consider al-Qaeda's "organized endeavor to radicalize individuals." In retrospect, the warning signs of the lone suspects growing anger over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem unmistakable.

Consider that the threat posed by, “Home Grown”, terrorism has increased significantly. Decentralized recruitment and inducement efforts seek to take advantage of perceived, or real, social, economic or political injustices to sway individuals not previously associated with any known terrorist movements, residing in their home or host country, to engage in terrorist behavior.

Although there is no evidence of the existence of additional plots, the best way to deal with this and other potential threats is not to wait for it to happen but to prevent it. With first responders on the front lines in the battle against terror we must be vigilant, strictly following established Department policies regarding potential terrorist activity observed.

Be aware that although al-Qaeda's chief propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki is dead what is clear is that it's a lot easier to kill a person like Awlaki than it is to kill his ideology. He used his fluent English and Internet savvy the cleric preached jihad to vulnerable individuals susceptible to radicalization through his use of the media, which recordings remain and could allow serve as a voice from the grave inspiring additional violent acts.

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