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Violent extremists working as “lone wolves”

Army of One

October 2013, Number 04.04

“A string of recent terrorist cases around the world demonstrates that disruptions caused by so-called lone wolves can be as dangerous as those caused by large terrorist groups: the Boston Marathon bombings, the murder of an off-duty soldier on the streets of London, the shooting rampage in Toulouse, France, and Anders Breivik’s mass atrocity in Norway. With the advent of the Internet, a lone wolf terrorist has instant access to information about weapons and tactics, as well as the ability to link up with like-minded radicals. Some experts contend that individual violent extremists, often anonymous and resourceful, can be more dangerous than large terror groups whose intentions are broadcast on the Web.

In the United States, lone wolves were the first to introduce innovations such as destroying buildings with car bombs, exploding airliners in midair, tampering with sealed medicines and delivering anthrax and explosives in the mail. “The lone wolf has been the most innovative and creative in terms of terrorist tactics, including new forms of violence that the more established terrorist groups eventually adopt as their own,” author Jeffrey D. Simon explained in his book Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Securing the Internet,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  4, No. 4, 2013: 54-57.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.