… can we please shut down the federal government’s attempts to profile and find terrorists and let the NYPD train them on how to do it right?
The NYPD’s intelligence unit is headed up by a CIA analyst with 35 years of experience. The federal government’s current DCIA is a former military man who has years of experience listening to war protesters order pizza.
But even besides that— The NYPD gets it.
The NYPD just issued a report called “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat“. And rather than send out a press release about how terrorists are planning to boobytrap beer coolers, they actually issued a sober report on the profiling of terrorists.
— There is no useful profile to predict who will become radicalized. Most would-be terrorists are “unremarkable men” living “unremarkable lives.” They don’t have criminal histories, and they don’t always gather at mosques.
— They do, however, follow remarkably similar behavior patterns. Participants in 11 anti-Western terrorism plots analyzed in the report all went through four stages on the path from unremarkable to violent: Pre-radicalization, Self-identification, Indoctrination and Jihadization.
“Too much of the message to the American people has been a message of fear, without explanation. In order to really get this, we have to educate, engage and enlist the citizens,” said an NYPD spokesman.
Amen. Educate the people. Crying wolf is getting old.