Center on National Security Releases Report on ISIS Prosecutions

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Fordham Law School’s Center on National Security has released a report on ISIS prosecutions in the United States.

While the cause of ISIS continues to attract a wide range of individuals, trends can be observed in terms of motivations, personal context, and intent. Among the report’s findings are the following:

  • 80% expressed dissatisfaction with the United States in some respect
  • 90% were drawn to the caliphate
  • 42% were charged with plotting against American targets
  • 50% were involved in discussing, procuring, or possessing firearms
  • 26% expressed a desire for martyrdom
  • 87% of the charged individuals are male
  • 77% are U.S. citizens
  • 89% use social media
  • One-third lived with their parents at the time of arrest

Center on National Security Director Karen Greenberg was quoted in a New York Times article that featured the report.

“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.

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Read the report (PDF).

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