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Press Release

Experts Available to Discuss State of Terrorism as First Anniversary of Boston Bombing Approaches

As the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing approaches on April 15, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has experts available to discuss the state of the terrorist threat to the United States and to provide analysis on how terrorist groups continue to use the Internet to recruit and motivate homegrown extremists.

Experts from ADL’s Center on Extremism are available to discuss:

  • How terrorists groups that justify and sanction violence have intensified their efforts to reach, recruit and motivate homegrown extremists by adapting their messages to new technology.
  • How the Boston Marathon bombing underscored this fundamental development in domestic terrorism and the impact that more sophisticated online terrorist propaganda has had on a new generation of homegrown extremists.
  • How terrorist groups and their supporters are not only using social media and other Internet platforms to spread their messages more quickly and effectively than ever before, but also actively to recruit adherents who live in the communities they seek to target.
  • How face-to-face interaction with terrorist operatives is no longer a requirement for radicalization.
  • How the Inspire magazine franchise, designed to engage and recruit sympathizers in the U.S., has become a staple of domestic terrorism, providing ideological justifications encouraging attacks on U.S. soil, as well as various bomb-making instructions.
  • The number of American citizens or permanent residents implicated in the U.S. on terror-related charges in 2013 and over the past five years, and how many were directly influenced by terrorist propaganda easily accessible online.
  • How the ongoing conflict in Syria, a flashpoint for global terrorist movements, has attracted a wave of American citizens over the past few years.
  • How terrorist groups exploit hatred of Jews and resistance to Israel in an effort to connect with, appeal to and ultimately recruit a cadre of would be-jihadists in the United States.

ADL recently issued an online report, Homegrown Islamic Extremism in 2013: The Perils of Online Recruitment & Self-Radicalization, which also examines many of these trends in further detail.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.