Spying and willful blindness don’t mix. This story would be comical if the stakes weren’t so high: the analysts realize there has to be “some kind of guide,” some “missing” link in the “radicalization” of Muslims, but what? This is because their work proceeds according to the politically correct dogma that there is nothing problematic about Islam’s core texts and teachings. And until they take their blinders off and have a good look around, what follows below will have to pass for “analysis.”
You may want to read this one sitting down. “Spy Agencies’ Quest: What Makes A Terrorist?” by Kevin Whitelaw for NPR (go figure), November 18:
Investigators are still trying to determine whether Maj. Nidal Hasan’s alleged deadly rampage at Fort Hood was a calculated act of radical Islamist ideology or the deranged act of an alienated loner.
But even as military and law enforcement officials continue their probe, the incident has sparked a renewed focus on how Islamic extremists and al-Qaida sympathizers become radicalized in the first place.
The U.S. government has focused significant intelligence resources on the question of radicalization in recent years, but they admit the dynamics are still not well understood.
“We haven’t completely figured out why some people are susceptible to that and some aren’t,” says a senior U.S. intelligence official. “There are people who argue it’s cultural or economic or political or psychological, but it depends.”
The al-Qaida terrorist network has worked hard to build and maintain an active media arm, which pumps out propaganda videos, training materials and other exhortations across the Internet. Much of it is aimed at inspiring extremists across the globe to join the cause, but it remains unclear how effective the messages are.
‘Some Kind Of Guide’
“Generally speaking, there needs to be an intermediary — someone who helps you along the path to radicalization,” says the senior intelligence official. “For the actual embrace of the global jihad, you can be launched on that path by your own research on the Internet, but in most cases, you do need some kind of a guide.” […]
“My ability to understand the people I’m dealing with today is far different and far more difficult,” Philip Mudd, the assistant director for national security at the FBI and a veteran CIA analyst, said at a conference last month. “The revolution has meant the people we’re facing are al-Qaida central, they’re affiliates, they’re like-mindeds, [and] they’re a kid in a garage, each of whom poses a unique threat.”
Beyond the core members of al-Qaida, the U.S. intelligence community is trying to track affiliated groups, including offshoots like al-Qaida in Iraq; sympathetic groups, such as al-Shabaab, a Somali extremist group; and all kinds of homegrown radicals….