How homegrown terrorists are made

There’s been a good deal of attention paid lately to the idea of homegrown terrorists, and concern among some that American Muslims are being radicalized by al-Qaeda or its affiliates.

And it’s no wonder: There’s a vast universe of jihadist Web sites. And there are known cases in which Americans have made connections with figures such as Anwar al-Aulaqi, the Yemeni American cleric who said he was a confidant to the alleged shooter in the 2009 Fort Hood attack.

But a new study from the Rand Corporation finds that, in Europe at least, there’s little evidence that terrorist groups operating outside the continent try to directly recruit Muslims. Rather, European militants come to be radicalized independently and then seek out training from al-Qaeda or its affiliates.
“If any form of loosely defined recruitment exists, it is because the ‘applicant’ reached out to the ‘employer,’ and not the other way around,” the report concludes.

Abdulmutallab and Hasan linked to Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, full body scanners go unused at Nigerian airports

Abdulmutallab is believed to have met with al-Qaida operatives in a house used by extremist Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. He has also been linked to Major Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter.

Yemeni’s deputy prime minister believes the cleric is alive, although Obama officials believed he was killed December 24 on an air strike on a house in Yemen.
The US gave Nigeria full body scanners to use at their 4 international airports, but the machine in Lagos is only used sporadically and only for people suspected of drug smuggling.

Albdulmutallab told classmates after the Islamic course they were enrolled in together was over, he was going to study Shari’a law in Hadhramout Province, but may have lied to cover up travel to Shabwa.