Links of Terroro

David B. Conklin, University of Florida
Adam L. Silverman, University of Florida

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a great deal of interest has been expressed in what terrorists believe, or profess to believe, and how these beliefs are transmitted. Recent media and analytical reports have presented a bleak picture of the television, print, radio, and Internet material made available by reactionary extremists and terrorists. Other reports have focused on the similarity between the ideational messages (definitions) presented by reactionary Muslum outlets with material available from neo-fascists, and American extremists. The purpose of this paper is to present, compare, and contrast extremist and terrorist ideational constructs from a variety of movements. Moreover, this paper will focus on those messages found on the Internet and the use of the Internet as a means to transmit extremist and terrorist definitions. This ideational material includes, but is not limited to, material presented on extremist Jewish sites such as the Jewish Defense League's and Kach's, American extremist sites such as those maintained by the National Alliance, Aryan Nations, and the League of the South, and reactionary Islamic sites like RadioIslam.Net. This paper will also analyze the geographic locations of the organizations and compare this information with basic Internet capabilities for those areas, such as fiber optic capacity and computers-per-person information. This should allow for prediction regarding Internet capability as the infrastructure for the Internet expands in the U.S. and iun other countries. Preliminary analysis of extremist websites in the U.S. indicates that a pattern does exist.

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Updated 05/20/2006