Secret FBI Report Reveals True Cause of Homegrown Terrorism

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Submitted by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org,

In 2012, the FBI conducted a secret survey to determine the driving factors behind acts of homegrown terrorism. The results, recently viewed by the Intercept, reveal why extremists appear to hate the United States and the West so much they will kill innocent people to express it.

Hint: it’s not because we’re free.

The final report, called “Homegrown Violent Extremists: Survey Confirms Key Assessments, Reveals New Insights about Radicalization,” found anger over U.S. military operations abroad was the most commonly cited motivation for individuals involved in cases of ‘homegrown’ terrorism,’” the Intercept reported.

The report acknowledges that “[o]nline relationships and exposure to English-language militant propaganda and ‘ideologues’ like Anwar al-Awlaki,” who, along with his teenage son, was killed by a drone strike in 2011, were also “key factors” in the radicalization process.

The report notes that radicalization is a “highly individualized” process and it can be difficult, if not impossible, to predict who will turn to violent extremism.

Nevertheless, as the Intercept explained, “grievances over U.S. military action ranked far above any other factor, turning up in 18 percent of all cases, with additional cases citing a ‘perceived war against Islam,’ ‘perceived discrimination,’ or other more specific incidents.

Further, “[t]he report notes that between 2009 and 2012, 10 out of 16 attempted or successful terrorist attacks in the United States targeted military facilities or personnel.”

The report was based on responses to over 100 questions from FBI agents in an FBI unit called the “Americas Fusion Cell.”

The Intercept explained:

“Agents were asked over 100 questions about their subjects in order to ‘identify what role, if any,’ particular factors played in their radicalization — listed as ‘known radicalizers,’ extremist propaganda, participation in web forums, family members, ‘affiliation with religious, student, or social organization(s) where extremist views are expressed,’ overseas travel, prison or military experience, and ‘significant life events and/or grievances.’”

The agents surveyed were responsible for “198 ‘current and disrupted [homegrown violent extremists],’ which the report says represented a fraction of all ‘pending, U.S.-based Sunni extremist cases’ at the time.

The FBI declined to comment on its seemingly exclusive focus on Muslim extremism.

Though politicians and the media often blame the entire Islamic religion for these attacks, former CIA agent Marc Sageman disputes this explanation as a “red herring.”

“Politicians try very hard not to talk about foreign policy or military action being a major contributor to homegrown terrorism,” he said. He added that “government reticence to share raw data from terrorism cases with academia has hindered analysis of the subject,” the Intercept summarized.

According to John Mueller, a senior research scientist at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University, “Insofar as there is an identifiable motivation in most of these cases it has to do with outrage over what is happening overseas.

Mueller, who is also the co-author of “Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism,” added that “[p]eople read news reports about atrocities and become angry,” often perceiving American and Western violence as “an attack on one’s own in-group, religion, or cultural heritage,” the Intercept summarized.

It doesn’t have to be information from a jihadist website that angers someone, it could be a New York Times report about a drone strike that kills a bunch of civilians in Afghanistan,” Mueller said.

A leaked FBI report from 2011 also confirmed that America’s “broadening U.S. military presence overseas” is a powerful factor in radicalization.

Indeed, some of the most high-profile terror attacks were driven by outrage over American foreign policy. The Boston bombers told investigators they were motivated by American wars. In France, the Charlie Hebdo shooters, too, were radicalized by the United States’ aggression abroad.

Omar Mateen, who massacred dozens of people at a nightclub in Orlando in June, repeatedly told police he committed the acts of violence because he wanted the United States to stop bombing the Middle East.

They need to stop the U.S. air strikes. You have to tell the U.S. government to stop bombing. They are killing too many children, they are killing too many women, okay?” he said during his phone call with police, reiterating himself many times with slight variations.

Interestingly, the FBI withheld the transcripts of these conversations for months, releasing only the shooter’s full, initial phone call with a 911 operator after it faced public backlash for releasing a heavily redacted version. The full transcripts of all of Mateen’s calls were released last month.

The FBI’s decision to withhold transcripts of Mateen’s communications with authorities, along with the bureau’s recently launched anti-extremism website for teens — which makes no specific mention of American foreign policy — indicate the FBI is not particularly concerned with addressing the root causes of terrorism.

Regardless of their unwillingness to share its knowledge with the public, the truth remains unchanged. As Sageman observed:

Terrorism is very much a product of individuals identifying themselves with a group that appears to be the target of aggression and reacting violently to that. Continued U.S. military action will inevitably drive terrorist activities in this country, because some local people here will identify themselves with the victims of those actions abroad.

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Paul John Smith's picture

Yes - because some of us still have a soul.

Violently attacking - that's not cool ...

But it's also not cool to drop white phosphorous on hospitals and schools.

Raffie's picture

If we look at Hillery and friends, it is clear evil people are rewarded and not punished for their deeds.

PT's picture

Clear as day that the reason we have "home-grown terrorism" is because TPTB WANT us to have home-grown terrorism.  The only question is how young do you have to be to not intuitively know this?

Not so long ago, "home terrorism" simply was not in anyone's thoughts.  So how did those thoughts get here?  A:  Someone let them in the country.  They are not so "home grown" after all.  Like bringing a wasp's nest into your lounge room before hitting it with a stick.

When the Propaganda machine started with the "home-grown terrorism" bullshit, I knew straight away that HGT would NEVER disappear until TPTB specifically decided to make it go away (unless, of course, it gets out of their hands).  HGT is here because TPTB WANT it to be here.  It will never go away until TPTB want it to go away ( if they still have control ).  How many brain cells have to be missing for anyone to not know this???

"Oh it just magically appeared!  They got radicallized on the interwebs!!"  BULLSHIT.  TPTB made it happen and let it happen for their own purposes of terror, power and control.  It was a totally unnecessary evil deliberately implanted in countries where it did not have to be.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

They leave here and we leave there...

Problem Solved.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Gaius Frakkin' Baltar Oct 14, 2016 12:52 PM

People can only take being oppressed by FORCE for so long.  Stop the government from strangling the people and backlashes will subside.

Creative_Destruct's picture

"A leaked FBI report from 2011 also confirmed that America’s “broadening U.S. military presence overseas” is a powerful factor in radicalization.

Indeed, some of the most high-profile terror attacks were driven by outrage over American foreign policy. "

Hey, how bout's that War Whore Hitlery; Radicalization AIN'T caused by the big meanie Donny Trump. It's all those WARS were doin' and YOUR WAR-WHORI-NESS !

beemasters's picture

“anger over U.S. military operations abroad was the most commonly cited motivation for individuals involved in cases of ‘homegrown’ terrorism,’"

Yes, that and the FBI's successful entrapment program.

0b1knob's picture

So the cause is that the US lets in Muslims who will never assimilate to the US and who still care about Sandistan.

And the solution is to brings in millions more.

Is that you Hillary?

robertsgt40's picture

The only "homegrown terrorism" I've witnessed in the last 15yrs has been manufactured from within.

michelp's picture

"They leave here and we leave there...

Problem Solved."

You have it solved exactly upside down.

We leave there and they leave here...

That will do it.

m.

 

Joe Davola's picture

So is the Intercept where leaks go to die or be massaged until they fit the narrative.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Joe Davola Oct 14, 2016 1:10 PM

I think massage with a happy ending best fits the description. And not saying this just because Greenwald is homo. :D

AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

"Indeed, some of the most high-profile terror attacks were driven by outrage over American foreign policy. The Boston bombers told investigators they were motivated by American wars. In France, the Charlie Hebdo shooters, too, were radicalized by the United States’ aggression abroad."

 

This article is bullshit. Those events did not happen as these clowshoes say they did. The Boston boys were patsy's in a drill gone live, and the Hebdo attackers were already on several watch lists- and that event also appeared to be a drill i.e. the cop who "got shot in the head" on the sidewalk as the guy was running by, even tho the video clearly shows him shooting the sidewalk.

JRobby's picture

Got False Flag?

Hello! It's all a PsyOp. They know from the survey why so they do it themselves to exert more control.

any_mouse's picture

The propaganda term "homegrown" is to make it seem that any normal US citizen can become a terrorist. They could ask Ayers and Dorhn about it, but they are mainstream and part of the White House now.

I laud the pointing of the finger at the constant US war against people for corporate profits.

The big question about US military action in Syria is "why get involved at all?"

Has life in any country attacked by the US since WW2 ended improved positively by any metric? (I'm sure that "negative improvement" has been or will be used by some propaganda flack at some point.)

PT's picture

Clear as day that the reason we have "home-grown terrorism" is because TPTB WANT us to have home-grown terrorism.  The only question is how young do you have to be to not intuitively know this?

Not so long ago, "home terrorism" simply was not in anyone's thoughts.  So how did those thoughts get here?  A:  Someone let them in the country.  They are not so "home grown" after all.  Like bringing a wasp's nest into your lounge room before hitting it with a stick.

When the Propaganda machine started with the "home-grown terrorism" bullshit, I knew straight away that HGT would NEVER disappear until TPTB specifically decided to make it go away (unless, of course, it gets out of their hands).  HGT is here because TPTB WANT it to be here.  It will never go away until TPTB want it to go away ( if they still have control ).  How many brain cells have to be missing for anyone to not know this???

"Oh it just magically appeared!  They got radicallized on the interwebs!!"  BULLSHIT.  TPTB made it happen and let it happen for their own purposes of terror, power and control.  It was a totally unnecessary evil deliberately implanted in countries where it did not have to be.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Well done, Sir. While the article may be true insofar as it goes, it is still complete bullshit on account of what it leaves out; specifically, both what you point out very concisely, but also what is apparent to even the dullest of students of history: Muslims cannot get along with anybody (even other Muslims) and nobody can get along with Muslims.

Is there anyone here who does not know, for instance, that India and Pakistan (and Bangladesh, too, for that matter) were at one time a single nation? And why it is no longer?

In short, while your comment is a good and correct observation insofar as it goes, you focus exclusively on the folly of bringing a wasp's nest into one's house, but fail to discuss the nature of wasps, which is, ultimately, the problem.

The author seems to think that if the United States stopped bombing Syria, for instance, wasps will no longer sting. Well ... this might perhaps be true for some wasps, but I think, based on my meager understanding of history, that most wasps will continue being wasps. And, as for your comment, I would remind you that wasps can fly.

Handful of Dust's picture

Odd the media has been silent about all these muslim attakcs in American malls recently.

 

Odd, right.

Ignatius's picture

Most all of these "radical muslim" so-called attacks in the US/EU are manufactured and/or frauds.

Charlie Hebdo, San Bernadino, Sandy Hook, Boston, Orlando, Paris Bataclan, Nice, etc., are BULLSHIT.

alangreedspank's picture

Somehow muslim always seem up to the task of taking part in a bullshit attack though...

synthetically derived's picture

"Somehow muslim always seem up to the task of taking part in a bullshit attack though..."

Where is the fun in faking a bullshit attack if you don't make sure that your favorite bogeyman is the patsy?

 

AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

Not sure who downvoted you. The dissonance is strong with this one. I like you followed these events via 21wire and have no doubt in my mind they are stage managed, allowed to happen or just plain faked. Shameful downvoters

JRobby's picture

There are thousands of patsy's that are approached by OPS of their own kind just itching to "fight for their beliefs"

It's very simple. The patsy's are streaming in without resistance.

synthetically derived's picture

JRobby baldly asserted: "There are thousands of patsy's that are approached by OPS of their own kind just itching to 'fight for their beliefs'"

 

And you know this precisely how? From watching CNN, perhaps?

JRobby, when was the last time that you personally spoke with a wannabe terrorist "just itching to 'fight for their beliefs'"?

 

JRobby's picture

Domestic attacks help Trump. They clearly see that in the numbers. So they stop staging them for now.

 

pods's picture

The government cares jack shit about protecting US.  They care about protecting THE STATE, that is all.

You can tell we are at that end stage of empire though. There is no trust, everything is secret. Always wondering about threats.

I say good. About time this thing crumbles. 

This is not a benevolent government.  This one is multitudes worse than the one that the Founder's rebelled against.

pods

s2man's picture

"The government cares jack shit about protecting US.  They care about protecting THE STATE, that is all."

Agreed.   I have read the DHS docs on EMP and other disasters.   They were all about COG (Contunuation Of Government).  No mention of how to protect or aid the people.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

I want to share something from my heart with my fellow ZH bloggers.

The topic is "DEFINITION OF TERMS"

Donald J. Trump is right when he mentions that Political Correctness is a cancer to the Soul of America.

When I read articles like the one above, I want to thank the author for caring enough to share. But, I would like all of us to come to just agreement and simple understanding.

THERE IS NO THING SUCH AS RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM, PERIOD!!!! THAT IS A COINED TERM BY THE GLOBAL ELITE TO DECEIVE EVERYONE!!

In ISLAM, "RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM" is just a "DEVOUT MUSLIM" who buys into the Quran teachings 100%!!

The "PEACEFUL MUSLIM" is an "APOSTATE MUSLIM" who does NOT buy into the Quran teachings 100%. WAKE-UP AMERICA! Our problem in America is that most Americans are STUPID or should I say IGNORANT when it comes to an understanding of Isalm. The institution most guilty of IGNORANCE is the CHRISTIAN CHURCH!!! EVERYONE GETTING THIS POINT. The second institution most guilty of IGNORANCE is the U.S. intelligance services.

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN TO SIT DOWN AND READ THE QURAN "COVER TO COVER" AND FIND TRUTH FOR YOURSELEVES. EVEN THE CHRISTIAN GOD WANTS PEOPLE TO READ THE BIBLE TO DISCOVER TRUTH FOR THEMSELVES! Below is the verse that proves this point.

[Act 17:11-12 NKJV] 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily [to find out] whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

Again, don't believe me, READ THE BOOK!!!!

Finally, one final warning from our LORD regarding ignorance of his creation.

[Hos 4:6 NKJV] 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

WAKE--UP AMERICA, WAKE-UP AND DISCOVER TRUTH FOR YOURSELVES AND QUIT LISTENING TO APOSTATES AND THE MSM.

Enough said.

 

 

HopefulCynical's picture

. THERE IS NO THING SUCH AS RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM, PERIOD!!!! THAT IS A COINED TERM BY THE GLOBAL ELITE TO DECEIVE EVERYONE!!

In ISLAM, "RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM" is just a "DEVOUT MUSLIM" who buys into the Quran teachings 100%!!

The "PEACEFUL MUSLIM" is an "APOSTATE MUSLIM" who does NOT buy into the Quran teachings 100%.

Yep.

Is this name taken's picture

"Excuse me. EXCUSE ME".

"IT'S ZERO. The number of terrorist acts planned or carried out in Amerikka without alphabet agency help or planning is ZERO"

Ring ring.

"I gotta take this".

Belrev's picture

1st class plane groping accuser Jessica Leeds had 2007 property dispute with Donald Trump. Accused him of planting trees - https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/10/14/does-donald-trump-first-...

nmewn's picture

Here's an idea, how about passing "a law" that criminalizes not having health insurance and see how many terrorists & criminals you create!

SmittyinLA's picture

Impossible to predict..?....but we'll push jihad videos on YouTube in an endless loop anyway.

BabaLooey's picture

The "report" showed the #1 fomenter of terror;

THEMSELVES

..............................it was quickly burned

rlouis's picture

How many millions did it cost the FBI to find out that if you kill innocent people you're going to piss off their family and friends?

Iconoclast421's picture

"You must stop the airstrikes." Yeah right. More like "You must increase the airstrikes tenfold so we can have more terrorist attacks and get even more police state funding."

 

Its for the children! Do you want your child to grow up to be a bartender making $20k a year, or do you want him to grow up to be an alphabet soup agency goon making $200k a year?

VWAndy's picture

  Lol.  The mental gymnastics.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

US government solution would be to cover up these bombings, make no admission to having committed them, and goad the media into not reporting on them. Attempts to scour the internet of these reports would also be on there list of things they could do to reduce terrorist acts.

Reduce or stop bombing in the middle-east?  No way.

 

Jugdish's picture

Funding wahhabist cannibals and droning weddings why would anyone disagree with that policy. It's "freedom" So grab a cold budweiser, turn on some florida-georgia line, and say helllll yahhh. 

SharkBit's picture

No Shit.  Hillary wants the bombs to continue to ferment even more home grown terrorism.  Trump is right.  What the hell is going on.

Garbatrage's picture

Exactly! "...the FBI is not particularly concerned with addressing the root causes of terrorism." Because they want moar of it! Gives them a better argument for tigter surveillance, beefed up police, capital controls, etc. The list goes on. Think of what they stand to gain from it.

BlindMonkey's picture

Ron Paul was right all along.  Go figure.

SmittyinLA's picture

The left is melting down

Stu Elsample's picture

...and the group that is is most responsble for "homegrown terrorism""....drumroll, please...

... you guessed it

....NIGGER THUGS

jldpc's picture

Come on ,what's wrong with these guys? Don't they understand that we only bomb to make things better for them, particularly dictators (our stooges), banksters (the enablers of our kindly monopolistic business interests, and the financia lresources for our beloved politicians)?  I mean really, why can't they understand we are only doing it for their own good? It is not for our multinationals' profit......(choke, gag, cough, gurgle). How else could the yfinance HRK's campaign if they don't have big profits to share for freedom, democracy, etc? I mean get on board, it's all part of the big picture, just ask the MSM guys, they know.