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A controversial plan to study and profile domestic terrorism was scrapped after popular push back, however, the spirit of the legislation lives on in Senator Joe Lieberman's office.
HR 1955, "The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007" passed the House in October 2007 with almost unanimous support. The bill immediately came under fire from civil liberties watchdogs because of what many saw as a deliberate targeting of Muslims and Arabs and the possible chilling effect it might have on free speech.
The original bill intended to set up a government commission to investigate the supposed threat of domestically produced terrorists and the ideologies that underpin their radicalization. The ten-member commission was to be empowered to "hold hearings and sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, and administer such oaths as the Commission considers advisable to carry out its duties." The bill also singled out the Internet as a vehicle for terrorists to spread their ideology with the intention of recruiting and training new terrorists.
After significant public pressure, the bill stalled in the Senate. However, Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut), the current chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has embraced the thrust of the legislation and has been working to push forward some of the goals of the original bill, including an attempt to weed out terrorist propaganda from the Internet.
A controversial plan to study and profile domestic terrorism was scrapped after popular push back
The Role of the Media in the Recruitment of Terrorists
WG1: Terrorist Group Formation and Recruitment
This project examines the role of the media in the recruitment of members to terrorist organizations. Two mechanisms are crucial in this process: (1) long range agenda-setting that places a given topic (e.g., the goals of terrorist organizations) as an important agenda item for the public; and (2) short range framing and priming effects that at a given moment draw the public’s attention to terrorism as a topic. To gain insights on this issue, this project examines how three divergent organizations in Indonesia interpret and translate an ideological struggle into objectives, strategies, and tactics. Specifically, we examine how they use mass media, their own media (the Internet in particular), and interpersonal communication to influence the Indonesian government and engage in a larger struggle for the hearts and minds of Indonesians.
Projects Involving Analysis of Large, Dynamic Multigraphs:
1. Analysis of Large, Dynamic Multigraphs Arising from Blogs
2. Universal Information Graphs
3. Statistical and Graph-Theoretical Approaches to Time-Varying Multigraphs
4. Adding Semantics to and Interconnecting Semantic Graphs
5. Algorithms for Identifying Hidden Social Structures in Virtual Communities