Understanding Cyberspace as a Medium for Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization, Hearing Before the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, December 16, 2009   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony is from the December 16, 2009 hearing, "Understanding Cyberspace as a Medium for Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization," before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities. From the opening statement of Adam Smith: "We appreciate both Dr. Brachman and Dr. Boucek being with us today. And I think it is a very important topic. Several of us on the committee have been briefed a couple times about what is going on in cyberspace with regard to al Qa'ida, their message, and the efforts to radicalize the Muslim population. And it is a very, very extensive part of the battlefield that I think too few people on our side are aware of. Al Qa'ida and other likeminded violent extremist groups are on the Internet, aggressively recruiting and trying to radicalize people, and also spreading their message, spreading their violent, hateful message, basically focused on the West wanting to attack Islam and doing a number of things to spread that message falsely. And it is my belief that they have occupied that message space without a sufficient counter from us. The analogy that occurred to me is it is like being in a really, really close political campaign and only your opponent is on television. Anybody who has ever run for office knows how deadly that can be. Well, this is that problem spread all the way around the world." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher Boucek, Jarret Brachman, Jeff Miller and Adam Smith

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