On the heels of last week's radiological alert in New York City, the New York Police Department's Intelligence Division has produced a report on the domestic terrorism threat that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said is a domestic augment to the recent National Intelligence Estimate.
The key benefit within the report to agencies and professionals is said to be an insight into the radicalization process of young Muslim men in the United States as immigrants - legal or illegal - and citizen converts. It reportedly looks at the US prison systems, local public mosques, the Internet and universities among other localized "radicalization incubators" that are "rife with extremist rhetoric."Kelly said, "Hopefully, the better we're informed about this process, the more likely we'll be to detect and disrupt it."
The Internet is a key tool for terrorist groups in the recruiting, radicalization and training of young jihadists both in the United States and worldwide. Commissioner Kelly said to that end, "The Internet is the new Afghanistan. It is the de facto training ground. It's an area of concern."
Appearing on Fox News, Dr. Walid Phares said that it is important to note that the report correctly identifies that the radicalization process typically instills the anger in potential domestic jihadists and not the other way around. It would be wrong to conclude, he asserted, that the typical radicalization process is one where an already angry, disaffected Muslim in America then seeks out "radicalization incubators."