|The potential for homegrown terror, particularly among disaffected immigrants, was the focus of a new study by the New York Police Department. It concluded that there is some danger from unassimilated Muslims, but less so than in some European countries. |
The Police Department studied 11 real cases from the past six years — including the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — to understand terrorist patterns. The report lays some groundwork for a public policy debate about the growing concern for homegrown terrorism and is a tool for law enforcement to better understand the threat here, compared with threats by Al Qaeda members overseas.
Staying one step ahead of terrorists is a challenge, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said in a news conference today.
“That’s what this report does,” Mr. Kelly said. ”It puts it in perspective and it actually gives a framework to the radicalization process. Before you can disrupt, I think it is important to have a brighter line, so to speak, as to how the radicalization process takes place.”
Mitchell D. Silber, a senior intelligence analyst who co-authored the 90-page report, said it highlights how the “threat has evolved since 9/11 and that many of these plots and cases that we perceived as being sort of an outside threat, really actually are more of an inside threat in the sense that radicalization drove them.”
Mr. Kelly said he was equally concerned about homegrown terrorism and about threats from overseas.
“The world in which we live presents to us threats from both overseas and right here at home,” Mr. Kelly said. “We can’t take our eye off the ball as a country or as a city from either one.”
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