MI5 says the internet is an important factor in exposing people to radical views.
But it adds: “More often radicalisation seems to arise from local contacts and from peers.
“Exposure to a forceful and inspiring figure, already committed to extremism, can be important here.
“This person may be associated with a particular place (eg. a mosque) or can be a national or international figure, seen on video or heard on tapes.
”Inspiration from a distance is important and there is evidence that the rise of the internet, with its ability to connect people, to pass ideas between them, and then pass those ideas on to others has had a significant impact on the accessibility and flow of radical ideas.”
H/T: Chief Reynolds
Reading more about British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s speech to the International Centre for Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence comparing cyber jihadis to pedophiles might just strike a nerve among the porn-addicted, sister-raping, basement-dwelling wannabes, but I have my doubts about the Brits. Too PC to carry it off. But maybe they’ll surprise me.
“It is a weakness of terrorists as a tactic that the way we respond determines the impact they will have. Whether terrorists succeed is ultimately up to us, not up to them,” she said.
“An effective response to terrorism is never dependent solely on the state and solely on law enforcement,” she added. “It depends on us. On the active commitment of individuals and communities and to certain rights and responsibilities.”
Sounds good, so far.