Jerome P. Bjelopera Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism
report describes homegrown violent jihadists and the plots and attacks that
have occurred since 9/11. For this report, “homegrown” describes terrorist
activity or plots perpetrated within the United States or abroad by
American citizens, legal permanent residents, or visitors radicalized
largely within the United States. The term “jihadist” describes radicalized
individuals using Islam as an ideological and/or religious justification
for their belief in the establishment of a global caliphate, or
jurisdiction governed by a Muslim civil and religious leader known as a caliph.
The term “violent jihadist” characterizes jihadists who have made the jump to
illegally supporting, plotting, or directly engaging in violent terrorist
The report also discusses the radicalization process and the forces driving
violent extremist activity. It analyzes post-9/11 domestic jihadist
terrorism and describes law enforcement and intelligence efforts to combat
terrorism and the challenges associated with those efforts. Appendix A provides
details about each of the post-9/11 homegrown jihadist terrorist plots and attacks.
There is an “executive summary” at the beginning that summarizes the report’s
Date of Report: January 23, 2013
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