A newly uncovered study secretly conducted by the FBI reveals how the U.S. could vastly decrease attacks by “homegrown terrorists”: Stop invading other countries.
The 2012 study, “The Homegrown Violent Extremists: Survey Confirms Key Assessments, Reveals New Insights about Radicalization,” was unsurprisingly not released to the public.
That’s because it confirms the common sense suggestions anti-interventionists have been making since the beginning of the nation’s Middle Eastern military misadventures are absolutely correct.
As reported by The Intercept, which obtained a copy of the secret report:
The study … surveyed intelligence analysts and FBI special agents across the United States who were responsible for nearly 200 cases, both open and closed, involving “homegrown violent extremists.” The survey responses reinforced the FBI’s conclusion that such individuals “frequently believe the U.S. military is committing atrocities in Muslim countries, thereby justifying their violent aspirations.”
Online relationships and exposure to English-language militant propaganda and “ideologues” like Anwar al-Awlaki are also cited as “key factors” driving extremism. But grievances over U.S. military action ranked far above any other factor, turning up in 18 percent of all cases, with additional cases citing a “perceived war against Islam,” “perceived discrimination,” or other more specific incidents. The report notes that between 2009 and 2012, 10 out of 16 attempted or successful terrorist attacks in the United States targeted military facilities or personnel.
Read the full report.
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