Extremist groups spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have moved away from popular social media platforms to other sites to sow discord and disperse their radical ideologies. Extremists are increasingly...
On Sunday, the New York Times highlighted increased efforts by white supremacist extremist groups to leverage the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to advance their radical agendas and attract new members. Far-right extremist groups are increasingly...
Tech & Terrorism: Online Extremists Exploit Coronavirus Pandemic To Incite Violence & Encourage Terrorism
As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, far-right and Islamic extremist groups are plotting to exploit the health crisis to advance their radical agendas. Last week, FBI agents thwarted a car bomb attack on a hospital in Missouri...
CEP Senior Advisor Alexander Ritzmann contributed to the European Commission's Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Practitioners Spotlight magazine, writing the article, "A Psychological Perspective on Conspiracy Narratives Fostering Anti-Government Sentiment": "People who believe in conspiracy narratives are often trying to fix a problem. In many cases, they are in some kind of personal crisis (e.g. financial debt, reputation loss, job loss, partner loss) when they subscribe to stories claiming for example that a small “hidden (Jewish) elite” is running the world, that “white people” are being systematically replaced or that Bill Gates is using the COVID 19 pandemic to put microchips in peoples bodies to control them."
Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.
On November 29, 2020, an assailant detonated an explosives-filled military vehicle on an Afghan army base, killing at least 31 and wounding 24.
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Somali forces today stormed the Villa Rosa hotel in Mogadishu, where al-Shabaab militants had taken siege for more… https://t.co/YYULNYQd0n
Lastly, the infamous case of the American who traveled to Somalia in 2005 to join al-Shabaab. The reward for Jehad… https://t.co/SpRSmHumor
The State Dept. also announced that the reward leading to the capture of current emir of the terror group, Ahmed Di… https://t.co/xbUldySrn3
On November 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program doubled their reward—now $10 milli… https://t.co/rUdBefiUth
🧵The U.S. earlier this year reengaged its campaign against al-Shabaab in Somalia, including launching airstrikes wi… https://t.co/F62rbLesTh
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