US military veterans are most prone to terrorism – study
Former US soldiers are 2.41 times more likely than extremist offenders at large to become mass casualty attackers, according to a report released this week by terrorism researchers at the University of Maryland.
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By comparison, people who had criminal records prior to being radicalized were only 1.26 times more likely than average to commit extremist attacks. “Having a US military background is the single-strongest individual-level predictor of whether a subject . . . is classified as a mass casualty offender,” the study by Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) said. The group added that veterans are far more prone to violent extremism than potential offenders with more commonly discussed traits, such as a history of mental illness or being a “lone wolf.”Former US soldiers are 2.41 times more likely than extremist offenders at large to become mass casualty attackers, according to a report released this week by terrorism researchers at the University of Maryland.
START researchers found that US troops and former service members are not more likely than Americans at large to become radicalized, but once they take that step, they have a higher propensity to plot mass casualty attacks, “thus having an outsized impact on public safety.” The study linked more than 70% of the offenders with military histories to far-right extremism.
President Joe Biden and other Democrat politicians have hyped right-wing extremism as the nation’s biggest terrorist threat, partly by touting the January 2021 US Capitol riot as a racially motivated “insurrection.” Many current and former US troops were among the more than 1,000 people charged with crimes stemming from the Capitol breach.
Stewart Rhodes, the leader of a veterans group called the Oath Keepers, was sentenced last month to 18 years in prison after being convicted of seditious conspiracy for his role in the riot. He has called himself a “political prisoner,” vowing to become an “American Solzhenitsyn to expose the criminality of this regime.”
START recommended that the Pentagon provide “inoculation training” to prevent troops from becoming extremists.