Considering such individuals, can you summarize the psychological and behavioral attributes that appear to be most prevalent among lone wolf terrorists? The lone wolf terrorist is very rare, he or she can be very effective because they do not belong to a group, and their actions are not known by many. His communications are less likely to be monitored. Like a “wolf” they will stalk their prey and strike at the opportune time so this makes them very unpredictable. While the terrorist may be inspired by the ideology of a radical group, the group itself is not directly implicated. Most of the information that the lone wolf terrorist needs is already on the internet, things such as bomb making, to making their travel plans can all be acquired there. So this also means that being a lone wolf terrorist is very cost effective. Research has shown that lone wolf terrorist do share some common traits such as, feeling like their grievance whether it be political or personal has been done directly to them or to society as a whole. They view violence as a way to seek attention or love. These types of terrorist will distance themselvesfrom family, friends, and society most of the time. However cost effective the lone wolf terrorist is, their missions still require the same level of planning, and development that most organized group terrorist put in when committing an act of violence. However expert state that because the lone wolf terrorist is rare, people should not overly fearful of them because while some individuals may dream of taking violent action, few individuals possess the skill, discipline and patience to actually follow through on such attacks. Additionally, what actions do you feel could be taken to alter such outcomes?Well since the lone wolf terrorist can find most of what he or she needs on the internet, maybe the internet should be monitored closer. Now I am not say that everyone that is looking up thing like bomb making, and buy guns is a criminal it should just be a little bit harder to find such things. I also understand that the internet is a hard to place to monitor so it makes is almost impossible. Localcybercapabilities must be a priority.
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- Spring '12
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security, lone wolf terrorist, Cecily Hilleary