United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists



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THE CENTER ON NATIONAL SECURITY AT FORDHAM LAW PRESENTS:

 

UNITED STATES OF JIHAD: INVESTIGATING AMERICA'S HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS

Featuring Peter Bergen

 

Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans have been indicted or convicted of terrorism charges. Among the perpetrators are the three Khan teenagers of Illinois, Anwar al-Awlaki of New Mexico and Omar Hammami of Alabama. While some terrorists have taken flight abroad, many others have acted on American soil, sparking new debate over U.S. agencies' anti-radicalization policies and controversial surveillance tactics meant to monitor potential terrorists. 

Drawing from an extensive network of intelligence sources, Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst and author of four other books on terrorism, has attempted to grasp not only the reasons some Americans turn to jihad, but also the ways in which the fear of terrorism has affected American society and forced government institutions to respond. United States of Jihad asks the following questions: what motivates homegrown American terrorists, how are they trained, and what do we sacrifice in our efforts to track them?

 

Watch full video of the discussion below:

 

Peter Bergen is a print, television, and web journalist, documentary producer, think tank director, and the author of four books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers. He is Vice President, Director of the Fellows Programs and the International Security Program at New America in Washington D.C., Professor of Practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University where he is the co-director of the Center on the Future of War, CNN's national security analyst and a fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security. Find him at PeterBergen.com.