Time to Crack Down on Jihad 2.0

Web indoctrination of terrorists on US soil poses major threat
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 8:46 AM CST
Time to Crack Down on Jihad 2.0
This Oct. 2008 file photo shows Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. The imam communicated with Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan online.   (AP Photo/Muhammad ud-Deen, File)

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has knocked Nidal Hasan out of the headlines but the Fort Hood suspect is the kind of threat America needs to focus on, warns Daniel Henninger. Home-grown terrorists, indoctrinated over the Internet, are now more of a danger than "old-school" jihadis abroad, and the ideology that radicalizes them is currently protected speech, Henninger writes in the Wall Street Journal.

First Amendment law, Henninger writes, has never had to deal with "a widely distributed ideology that has as its raison d'être the mass murder of Americans and destruction of American property." The question of whether investigators should continue to face tight restrictions in their efforts to track "self-radicalizing" terrorists is one that should feature large in next year's elections, Henninger concludes.
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