The Pros And Cons Of Radicalization

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Research from Thompson (2011) states the majority (96%) of young Muslim men in the Middle East and Northern Africa are recruited and radicalized via the use of the internet. There has also been significant Internet growth between 2005 and 2014. People living in the U.S. and other Western countries, where the internet is very accessible to the entire population, are more likely to be recruited and radicalized via the Internet. Al-Qaida’s main focus is recruiting young people from the West to help them transport materials, participate in other acts of terrorism or act as suicide bombers. Al-Qaida's efforts to recruit and radicalize Westerners young are done the use of the internet, their websites and their discussion blogs self-radicalize and become one of the many homegrown terrorists attack the West, especially in the United States.
Research done by Wright (2011), focuses on age and the four stages to the radicalization process. Before September 11th, the four stages took years. Over the past decade, the pace of radicalization has enhanced , what once took years to accomplish now happens in few months today due to the accessibility to the internet and the ease of mass communication between other followers. According to research, the new terrorist group members are now younger than
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The Internet has been used by the U.S civilians since the 1990s and just recently the Government has provided any policies considering cyber warfare responses. Even though Radicalization via the Internet was in the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, the bill was only one paragraph long and was never passed as an actual bill. More research needs to be done for counter terrorism policies in regards to social media and the influence it has on young people and the radicalization

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