Quote: The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy and the Law

The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy and the Law by Jameel Jaffer

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QUOTE: “By characterizing the struggle against terrorism as a borderless war, the United States performed a remarkable feat of legal alchemy, transforming what would otherwise have been the illegal and extrajudicial killing of civilians into the ostensibly legitimate exercise of military force. Unlawful assassination became supposedly lawful targeting. Many of the U.S. government’s targets were nowhere near Afghanistan or Iraq or any other actual battlefield, but the theory, in its boldest form, was that the battlefield is everywhere because terrorists can be found anywhere” (39).


Quote: The Terrorist Next Door–How the Government is Deceiving you About the Islamic Threat

The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving you About the Islamic Threat by Erick Stakelbeck

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Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat identified a four-step process that leads an individual or group to accept jihadist ideology and to act on it:

*Pre-radicalization: The subject is searching for something else in their life and comes into contact with radicalization agents.

*Identification: The individual begins to adopt various changes of dress, mannerisms and lifestyle in accordance with adopting a new set of beliefs.

*Indoctrination: Now involved with a new set of associates, they are subjected to intense ideological training that reinforces jihadist narratives and justifications for violence.

*Jihadization: The individual agrees that violence is necessary for the “defense” of Islam, and is recruited to engage in violent acts.

The report’s authors stress that this process can happen over long periods of time, or can occur rather quickly” (188).