Online Radicals Breed Terrorists

If a lone rebel weren’t quite discontented enough to resort to terrorism, the Internet might sway him to the extreme.

In an article on the Dallas News website, Marjorie Korn says the Department of Homeland Security is working on tactics to dissuade “lone wolves,” like the 19-year-old foreign-born extremist accused of trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper, by weakening their online radicalism networks.

And Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said her department’s efforts have included “reaching out to communities of foreign-born people living in the U.S. to prevent anti-American elements from gaining traction,” Korn writes.

She says it is still unclear how the 19-year-old, Hosam Smadi, cultivated his extremist views and how he felt as a newcomer to small-town Texas.

To read the article, click here:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/DN-smadi_01met.ART0.Central.Edition1.4c32d3d.html