Radicalization and Conversion In most religious conversions, individuals often find the most extreme version of the new faith and do their best to adhere to every element thereofFor religious terrorism, new converts are easily radicalized and convinced to act in the interests of the organization in order to prove their commitment to the new faith Radicalization Assignment Part 1: Radicalization As discussed in class, individuals radicalize in a wide variety of ways. The decision to become involved in terrorism is a very personal one. What types of causes or ideologies are most involved in this type of radicalization? Choose one type or avenue of radicalization. Explain what it is, how it works and provide examples. Internet RadicalizationWho becomes a terrorist and
why?
Radicalization in Modern Terrorism
Who is the terrorist?
• Terrorists can be drawn from anywhere





any social or educational background
any religious group
any ethnicity
either gender
any age
• Sane and deliberate calculators
• Very intelligent, adaptive
Sanity
• Insanity is dangerous for terrorism
• Terrorist organizations avoid recruiting individuals with noticeable
sanity issues
• Lone wolves have had a wide range of sanity issues that have often
prevented them from joining an established organization
• Some terrorist organization leaders have fallen within the dark triad,
however most are more likely to be charismatics
The Dark Triad
Psychopathy
3-5%
Dangerous Types
Narcissism
Machiavellianism
10-20%
30-40%
Disabilities
• Some terrorist organizations over the past ten years have actively
recruited the family members of disabled individuals and then offered
the idea that to assure the disabled individual’s place in the after life
and decrease the strain and shame on the family, the disabled family
member should be used as a suicide bomber.
What is Radicalization?
• Radicalization is the adoption of beliefs, ideologies or ideas that are
on the extreme ends of the political, social, philosophical and/or
religious spectrum to the exclusion of any and all other points of view
• Individuals can radicalize together in a guided process under the
influence of individuals, especially charismatic leaders, or
independently through the process of self radicalization
What is Self Radicalization?
• With limited or no interaction with a terrorist organization or
recruiter, an individual develops or adopts a radical ideology
• The ideology may be self created as often is the case with lone wolves
or it may be based on a personal interpretation of any existing
philosophy
Why is Self Radicalization a concern?
• First Al Qaeda and then ISIS started telling potential recruits or
followers that they did not need to seek them out.
• They informed people that they could simply engage in a terrorist
action and claim involvement with either organization and Al Qaeda
or ISIS would back their claim.
Internet Radicalization
• Youtube
• Online videos
• Organization websites
• Dark Web
• Chat rooms/ chat sites
Guided Radicalization
• Sometimes a face to face connection, sometimes an internet
connection
• Recommend readings, instructions, websites, interpretations
• Often times prey on very vulnerable and isolated individuals
Social Media Radicalization
• The wide range of social media allows for new means of interaction to
assist in radicalization
• Twitter
• Instagram
• Snapchat
• Any means of communication that is popular with young people is
used by terrorist organizations for radicalization
Video Radicalization
• A wide range of video messages have been released by terrorist
organizations.





Recruitment videos
Hostage videos
Execution videos
Propaganda videos
Event videos
Event Radicalization
• For some individuals events that take place to which they have a
visceral reaction can be the trigger to self radicalization





Law enforcement
Federal government
Military
Environmental
Other terrorist attacks
Personal Events
• Personal events can inspire an individual to get involved in terrorism








Deaths
Divorce
Ended Relationships
Job Loss
Personal failure
Birthdays
Rape
On short list why some people will enjoy terrorism groups
Radicalization through Isolation
• For some the lack of interaction with others can lead to seeking a radical
ideology or organization in order to find purpose and decrease the
isolation.
• Case study: Mohammed Hassan Faizan Khalid
• He didn’t like United States
• He was chatting with other people abt how much he hate United states
• he plan to attack his school
• The FBI Visited his family and his family took his computer away .
• 9 YEARS in prison
Print Media and Radicalization
• For terrorists, print is not dead.
• Books, magazines all have been written to influence readers or have
been interpreted by readers as inspiration for a radical ideology
• Terrorist organizations have created very professional western style
magazines for recruitment and radicalization
Radicalization in Prison
• Prison radicalization in the United States has been a problem since
the late 1960s, early 1970s.
• Some terrorist organizations have actively recruited in prisons and
among prison gangs
• The literature and ideologies of a wide range of radical groups are
readily available within the prison system
• EX. Jeff fort
Radicalization and Conversion
• In most religious conversions, individuals often find the most extreme
version of the new faith and do their best to adhere to every element
thereof
• For religious terrorism, new converts are easily radicalized and
convinced to act in the interests of the organization in order to prove
their commitment to the new faith

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