I got behind on my podcast listening and managed not to listen to this month-old episode of Invisibilia until this morning. It's worth Lawfare reader attention—or, at least, the first half of it is. (The second half deals with online dating.)
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Lone-Wolf or Low-Tech Terrorism? Emergent Patterns of Global Terrorism in Recent French and European Attacks
Three data-driven suggestions to move past the lone-wolf terrorist concept, with implications for how we design better concepts for understanding and preventing contemporary terrorism in the future.
Last week, individuals were charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIL in Mississippi and the Western District of New York. Not to allow the Midwest to be outdone, Ohio was busy with domestic terrorism prosecutions of its own.
Despite the Islamic State's social media prowess, Seamus Hughes argues that online radicalization rarely occurs exclusively in the digital domain.
If we take seriously the “state” in “Islamic State,” then we should also take seriously the institutional building blocks of that state, including its legal system. In fact, the Islamic State has weaponized law as a tool for state-building. Arguably, it is engaged in “lawfare.”
This week, the FBI arrested a 36-year-old transit police officer on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIL. Meanwhile, earlier in the week and halfway across the country in a federal court in the Southern District of Ohio, 22 year-old Christopher Cornell pleaded guilty to trying to kill government employees.
Though most analysts tend to focus on the Islamic State threats to Western homelands, this debate dectracts from the greater threat the group poses to the Middle East and U.S. interests in the region.
Last Thursday in the Southern District of Florida, three men from Palm Beach County were charged via complaint with material support to terrorism. While the complaint follows a fairly routine narrative, the story of how the three came to be charged with material support is also fairly unique when considered in the context of recent complaints.
Last Friday, a federal district court in the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Joseph Hassan Farrokh, a 29-year-old man from Woodbridge, Virginia, to 102 months in prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIL.
Will McCants, a Senior Fellow at Brookings and the Director of the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World, comes on the podcast to discuss ISIS’s involvement in the recent spate of terrorist attacks across the globe. Is the terrorist group on the wane?