According to terrorism experts, authorities need to be on the lookout for cases of "Sudden Jihad Syndrome" among home-grown terror cells.
Sympathy for al Qaeda has produced "sudden jihad syndrome" in domestic terror cells unaffiliated with foreign terrorists and people seeking to carry out attacks in the U.S., a law-enforcement intelligence analysis says.
The Dec. 6 report by the Texas Public Safety Department's Bureau of Information Analysis warns officials not to dismiss individual or homegrown terror cells as "wannabes," saying they pose a credible threat to homeland security.
"Oftentimes, these attackers are dismissed as suffering from mental health issues, but their own words and writings reveal an affiliation with Islamic supremacy or an affinity for Islamic extremism," said the report, which was distributed to federal, state and local law enforcement in Texas. "As a result, law enforcement should not be too quick to judge their attacks as having no nexus to terrorism."
It said they might act with the intention of eventually joining al Qaeda or the jihad movement overseas.
In other words, the writings of Islamists may be sufficient to push some susceptible individuals to act upon the ideology of Islamic radicalism expressed by terrorist groups. Having pulled an ideological justification from extremist sources, their actions should not be seen as isolated, but are instead a part of the global jihad being waged by the likes of bin Laden. In other words, look for more cases of homegrown terrorism linked by ideology, not direct command-an-control, to radical groups abroad.