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Lone Wolf Terrorists

Profiling the American Mass Killer

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

You want to profile America's mass killers? No need at all for the FBI or the national security state. You don't have to secretly read anyone's emails or check their phone metadata. You don't need to follow them on Twitter.

Dealing With Mass Killings in America

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

Aware of the legacy of the Bush years, the Obama White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI have spent much time and effort rethinking previous policies and have designed what they are calling a "new" approach to security.

Early Detection Key for 'Lone Wolves' Acting in Behalf of ISIS

Anne Speckhard | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Anne Speckhard

The narrative that Islam, Islamic people and lands are under attack by the West has long been a narrative with al Qaeda and is now being furthered by ISIS. And it's a narrative that finds footholds with many who radicalize by interacting with slick ISIS marketing materials.

What's Next for ISIS?

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

Late last month, ISIS was driven out of the Syrian city of Kobani, thanks to over 100 days of US-led airstrikes and the actions of Kurdish fighters. But this could also be bad news for other parts of the country and potential targets abroad, as this Sunni extremist organization reorients its focus. What can we expect of ISIS in the coming months?

How to React to Lone-Wolf Terror Attacks: A Lesson from Norway

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the wake of an "incident" that might have transformed any society, a madman's cold-blooded political slaughter of innocents, Norwegians, individually and en masse, chose not to panic or let their world be altered.

The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap

Matthew Harwood | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

There's a problem with the rising crescendo of alarm about lone wolves: most of it simply isn't true. There's nothing new about the "threat" and the concept is notoriously unreliable, as well as selectively used.

More and War: The Tao of Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the wake of the 2014 midterm elections, the capital is said to be a big government town being taken over by smaller government types -- not, however, if you're talking about the national security state.

Can We Stop the Lone Wolf Terrorist?

Matthew Dunn | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dunn

The best tactic that democratic societies can adopt to combat radicalized, homegrown terrorists is to confront the cause itself and expose it for what it is: a factually incorrect, intellectually flaccid, bundle of vitriolic nonsense.

Mental Illness and Racist Prison Ties Yield Clues to Fatal Rampages

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.23.2013 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

While some are plausibly speculating that the murder of Tom Clements was possibly a direct organized hit by a violent gang, the 211 Crew's role could also have been a more nuanced one, of creating a violent lone wolf, from an unstable youth, who would later act on his own against a list of shared perceived enemies.

Pipe Bomb Plot Demonstrates Ongoing Threat From Lone Wolves

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens

Although Jose Pimentel appears to be the latest in a long line of hopeless "lone wolves, the case also demonstrates the (very slight) success of al-Qaeda's strategy in the West.

Worldwide War Provision Makes Its Way Through Congress (and People Thought the Patriot Act Was Bad)

Coleen Rowley | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Something far worse than the Patriot Act, and actually, if you can believe it, something legally worse than anything so far in the "war on terror" is now making its way through Congress.

The Ft. Hood Massacre: A Lone-Wolf Jihad of One?

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

The horrific shooting at Fort Hood, allegedly by Nidal Malik Hasan, a disgruntled yet devout Army psychiatrist, puts the spotlight back on the lone-wolf offender who sits at the crossroads of crime, terrorism and mental distress.

Did Obama Break His Campaign Promise to Scrap the Patriot Act?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Provisions of the Patriot Act that remain on the books are legally questionable and constitutionally suspect. President Obama has given no hint that he'll change them.