Citizens who quietly band together and adopt radical ways pose a serious threat to American security, says a new police analysis reported by Associated Press. The New York Police Department report describes a process in which young Muslim immigrants, frustrated with their lives in their adopted country, slowly adopt a philosophy that puts them on the path to jihad. The men meet and share ideas in mosques, in bookstores, and over the Internet.
Potential terrorists are difficult for law enforcement to detect because they blend in well. The report argues that more intelligence gathering is needed to thwart terror plots at their earliest stages. The study, titled “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat” is based on an analysis of the security risks exposed in criminal cases in Lackawanna, N.Y., Portland, Or., and Virginia, as well as plots in Madrid, Toronto, and Hamburg, Germany.