Narrowing focus on terrorist threats may be misguided, CSUSB professor says

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Wisconsin Public Radio — A reported change in focus by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from monitoring threats from a wide variety of groups and individuals and, instead, concentrating on “radical Islamic terrorism” may be misguided, says Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

“We have the most multi-faceted threat matrix that we’ve had in recent American history,” said  Levin, a professor of criminal. “You can’t just concentrate on one part of the ice when the shot on goal might come from another.”

The problem, Levin said, is that the nation has a diverse mix of groups and individuals with the potential to do harm, from fringe political movements to so-called “lone wolf” terrorists. And during a time of great change, any action could have a ripple affect among groups.

The interview was posted Feb. 27, 2017.

Read the complete article, and listen to online audio of the interview, at “Expert: More ‘holistic’ approach needed to address national security.”

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