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Opportunity, Group Structure, Temporal Patterns, and Successful Outcomes of Far-Right Terrorism Incidents in the United States

NCJ Number
252258
Journal
Crime & Delinquency Volume: 63 Issue: 10 Dated: 2017 Pages: 1224-1249
Author(s)
Brent. R. Klein; Jeff Gruenewald; Brent L. Smith
Date Published
2017
Length
26 pages
Annotation

This study examined the impact of opportunity, group structure, and temporally patterned precursor activities on far-right terrorism outcomes in the United States, using data from the American Terrorism Study (ATS).

Abstract

Terrorism prevention has become the top priority among law enforcement and homeland security officials. To date, however, little empirical research has been conducted that directly compares the characteristics of successful terrorist attacks to failed and foiled terrorism incidents. In addressing this research gap, the current study found partial support for expectations that attractive and vulnerable targets, loners, conventional weaponry, and relatively fewer precursor activities are significantly associated with successful incidents. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2017