Global Jihad and the Threat of the Homegrown Violent Extremist

  • 2013

Global Jihad and the Threat of the Homegrown Violent Extremist

Author:
Anthony Facos
Abstract:

Domestic terrorism in the United States comes in many different forms and from many different actors and causes. The context of this analysis centers on Islamic extremism, highlighted by the changes of the post-9/11 era. Although terrorism in the United States is not a new phenomenon, the shock and horror of al-Qa'ida's direct attack on American soil has caused a great nation to re-evaluate its domestic security, foreign policy, and crisis preparedness.

Individual terrorists and loose terror cells that present a potential threat to America are problematic since they are intermingled within our society and therefore their identity, intent, and capacity to do harm are mainly unknown. This paper examines the challenges for governments to counter the issues of radicalization, and the methods by which the message of Jihad is spreading around the world. By way of case examples, those challenges become clear, as do the complex tactics, strategies, and policies needed to combat them.