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Extremism, Terrorism, Ideology, Risk assessment, Risk factors, Risk, Behavioral information, Counterterrorism, Intelligence community


(from the conclusion) "Professionals in the law enforcement and intelligence communities would do well to gain an understanding of how extremist ideas develop. By using a framework to organize behavioral information, counterterrorist analytic and threat assessments can become more accurate and more sophisticated. Also, it is important to understand that analyzing counterterrorist intelligence requires an understanding of behavior, not just ideology. Investigators and analysts who must attempt to understand and anticipate how a person will act in a given situation should seek to understand that individual’s "map," or perception, of the situation. Ideology may be a part of that, but other important dynamics and behavioral factors may contribute as well. Extremist ideology is not at all new, although many Americans did not give the subject of terrorism proper attention until September 11, 2001. Those facing the task of safeguarding this nation and its interests, particularly important in this day and age, will do so most effectively when armed with a thorough understanding of terrorist ideology and behavior."

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