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The nearly 100 United States residents accused of trying to help the Islamic State share certain characteristics that may have made them more susceptible to radicalization, according to a report from the Center on National Security at Fordham Law.
Many expressed some form of social alienation, loneliness or identity issues, according to evidence presented in legal documents and other public information analyzed by the center.
“These individuals seemed to be looking to attach to something that can help define them as well as give them a cause worth fighting for,” said Karen J. Greenberg, the director of the center.
More than three quarters were motivated by dissatisfaction with American society and at least half expressed resentment over the oppression of Muslims worldwide, the center found.
Most were caught before hurting anyone, but three of them — the attackers in San Bernardino, Calif., and Orlando, Fla. — killed more than 60 people.
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WNU Editor: A friend of mine who is also a Muslim cleric summed it up perfectly for me. They may be American citizens .... but their thinking is not "American".