Lone Wolfs, Domestic & Homegrown Terrorism
It is, however, important to note that while these beliefs and behaviors may facilitate the movement to terrorism, this outcome is not inevitable.
Notably, lone actor terrorists were significantly more likely to verbalize their intent to commit violence to friends, families, or a wider audience and have others aware of their desire to hurt others. According to John Picarelli, Program Manager for Transnational Issues, one of the most important findings in this research is this point, that violent extremists are “broadcasting what they’re doing if you’re listening.”
The intelligence community also has its officers spread within the country to help identify individuals who could be sympathizing or working closely with the international terror groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda (Gabor, 2016). Since the Orlando nightclub shooting, the intelligence community has been keen on monitoring the kind of communications that people have on their Facebook or Twitter account. The Orlando attack would have been avoided if the intelligence community were to monitor the activities of the attacker on his Facebook account. It was clear that he had planned an attack and was readying himself to execute the plan.
Muslim lone wolves, from the vantage point of the state, rise from a flock of rabid and radical wolves, while others, like Stephen Paddock, act entirely alone and apart from the flock they resemble.
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