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Homeland Security says post 9/11 America has seen a new threat from the internet

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UK Daily Mail
Sept 8, 2011

A new terrorist threat of radicalisation via the Internet has developed over the decade since the September 11 attacks, according to a new survey.

Immediately after 9/11, experts believed people would only be radicalised by person-to-person contact.

But now there are fears ‘digital jihadists’ living in the U.S. are being recruited online and are then able to be directed from abroad.

A poll by the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University revealed a rise in homegrown terrorism cases.

Conducted ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the survey found there were 21 homegrown terrorism cases between September 2001 and May 2009.

The last two years have seen an alarming rise with 31 cases over the period and more than one every month, according to the Counterterrorism Intelligence: Law Enforcement Perspectives report.

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