Violent Islamist Extremism, the Internet, and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat

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The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs produced a Majority and Minority Staff report on homegrown terrorism inspired by violent Islamist extremism, spanning the 109th and 110th Congresses. It focuses on how groups like Al-Qaeda exploit the Internet to recruit followers and support their cause, concluding that the Federal Government lacks a cohesive strategy to counter this threat. Key questions raised include the need for new laws, resources, and tactics for intelligence and law enforcement, the design of a comprehensive communications strategy, the government’s role in its implementation, and the involvement of community leaders. Additionally, the report calls for enhanced coordination among all levels of government and emphasizes the role of local officials and law enforcement in identifying and addressing radicalization within communities.
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