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Selected works by J.M. Berger, a journalist covering terrorism and homegrown violent extremism.
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Understanding NSA Data Collection and Locations via @intelwire

Understanding NSA Data Collection and Locations via @intelwire | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it
Terrorism consultant, consulting, research and investigative reports, original and declassified documents. Edited by J.M. Berger, author of Jihad Joe,
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Why Would Shabab Kill Omar Hammami?

Why Would Shabab Kill Omar Hammami? | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

In a Foreign Policy exclusive, American jihadist (and rapper) Omar Hammami sends word about al Shabaab's bloody leadership wars and how he became a target.

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PATCON | NewAmerica.net

PATCON | NewAmerica.net | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

A special report for the New America Foundation: The FBI’s Secret War Against the ‘Patriot’ Movement, and How Infiltration Tactics Relate to Radicalizing Influences

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A Nation of Spies and Snitches

A Nation of Spies and Snitches | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

The United States is pretty darn good at infiltrating terrorist groups -- at home and abroad -- these days. But should we be worried about the social costs?

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The Boy Who Cried Lone Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Lone Wolf | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

If someone hands you a completed bomb and sends you on your way, you're doing it wrong.

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Monsters and Children

Monsters and Children | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

How dumb bigots and political correctness have hijacked our national conversation about radical violent extremism. 

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Anwar Al-Awlaki's Links to September 11

Anwar Al-Awlaki's Links to September 11 | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

In the timeline of the hijackers' movements in the months before the attacks, New Mexico-born Awlaki and his followers seem to turn up nearly every step of the way.

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Beatings and Bureaucracy: The Founding Memos of Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda might be a secret organization, but it kept meticulous records. For the first time ever, those records are being made available to the public. "Beatings and Bureaucracy: The Founding Memos of Al Qaeda" is a history of the creation of Al Qaeda in the words of its members.

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Baltimore’s Jamaat al-Muslimeen: Promoting a Radical but Disciplined Message on Jihad | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Baltimore’s Jamaat al-Muslimeen: Promoting a Radical but Disciplined Message on Jihad | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

As concerns about homegrown terrorism mount, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials are increasingly focused on initiatives targeting radicalization in an effort to preempt violence. In congressional testimony in early February, DHS officials touted interagency and “whole government” efforts to counterprogram against radical narratives. Such efforts open the door to a complex problem-set that defies traditional policing. A case study on the challenges ahead can be found in Jamaat al-Muslimeen (JaM), an Islamic organization in Baltimore, Maryland with a decades-long track record of extremist rhetoric.

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Weeks Before Assassination, Bhutto Complained to U.S. About Security Concerns Regarding Police, Government via @intelwire

Weeks Before Assassination, Bhutto Complained to U.S. About Security Concerns Regarding Police, Government via @intelwire | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it
Terrorism consultant, consulting, research and investigative reports, original and declassified documents. Edited by J.M. Berger, author of Jihad Joe,
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The Patriot Movement’s New Bestseller Tests Their Anti-Racism

The Patriot Movement’s New Bestseller Tests Their Anti-Racism | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it
Years after the racism of The Turner Diaries inspired Timothy McVeigh, the Patriot Movement has embraced a new bestselling series. J.M. Berger reads closely to see what they say about race and government in America.
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Infiltration and Surveillance Countering Homegrown Terrorism

J.M. Berger took part in a panel at the New America Foundation with Pulitzer Prize winners Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman of the Associated Press to discuss the effects and effectiveness of infiltration and surveillance tactics against homegrown extremists. 

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Did You Hear about the Internment Camps?

Did You Hear about the Internment Camps? | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

A leaked Army document on mass detentions has extremists boiling over on both the right and the left.

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Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam

Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam

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New York Times: "J. M. Berger's "Jihad Joe," a sober, factual account of the Americans who have been lured to the cause of religious violence, offers a useful reminder that this phenomenon is nothing new, long predating the Sept. 11 attacks. ... At a time when some politicians and pundits blur the line between Islam and terrorism, Berger, who knows this subject far better than the demagogues, sharply cautions against vilifying Muslim Americans. ... It is a timely warning from an expert who has not lost his perspective."

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Anwar al-Awlaki: Gone But Not Forgotten

Anwar al-Awlaki: Gone But Not Forgotten | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

Anwar al-Awlaki might be dead, but his legacy of hatred and radicalism will live on.

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The Myth of Anwar al-Awlaki

The Myth of Anwar al-Awlaki | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

One of America's most-wanted Islamist radicals was once a humble, mainstream preacher who became enraged by the war on terror. At least, that's the story some people are selling.

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Why U.S. Terrorists Reject Al Qaeda's Playbook

Why U.S. Terrorists Reject Al Qaeda's Playbook | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it
What's driving jihadist self-starters to break from the world's most famous terrorist group?
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The Enduring Appeal of Al-`Awlaqi’s “Constants on the Path of Jihad” | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The Enduring Appeal of Al-`Awlaqi’s “Constants on the Path of Jihad” | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | J.M. Berger Portfolio | Scoop.it

On September 30, 2011, a U.S. missile strike killed Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-'Awlaqi, who was operating in Yemen for al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Although his death will be a loss for AQAP, al-'Awlaqi’s greatest contribution to the jihadist cause, his six-hour audio lecture titled “Constants on the Path of Jihad,” will persist in the years ahead. This speech may be the single most influential work of jihadist incitement in the English language. “Constants” has influenced dozens toward violence, including the Fort Dix Six, a number of Somali-Americans recruited into al-Shabab, Alaskans Paul and Nadia Rockwood, New Jersey residents Mohamed Alessa and Carlos Almonte, the Toronto 18 in Canada, and Rajib Karim in the United Kingdom. A Taliban recruitment cell in London, uncovered by officials there in September 2011, was using the audio recording as a recruitment tool.

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