is an outstanding professor who is working out of George Mason university, whilst there are many strings to his bow it is terrorism history which he considers as his specialty. We were lucky enough to have a quick catch up with James to talk about the terror situation in the modern world, and to puck his brains about he believes that we can best tackle it. Terrorism isn’t new but the methods by which people try to attack certainly are, and here is what James believes that we can be doing more of in order to eliminate this threat.
James first spoke about the valiant efforts which have already gone into the war in terror and that whilst he may believe that we can do some things differently, the current approach has drastically reduced the number of attacks that we have faced.
One area which James believes that we must invest more time and money into is that of cyberspace and how this could become the next place that the terrorists target. Over the years we have seen hacks and attacks on the US government and large companies, whilst these have not been carried out by terror groups they serve as a warning of the damage that can be done. Terrorism isn’t just about killing the enemy in many cases, it is about causing as much chaos and destruction possible. James believes that if we focus heavily on the cyber terror possibility then we can be far better prepared.
A worrying number of domestic terrorists are being fueled with hate and taught the ways of terrorism right underneath our noses, something which must be stopped. We have seen a lot of evidence regarding mosques which are ran by extremist Muslims, looking to find young recruits for their Jihad. Unfortunately these places will prey on disaffected youths, feed them with lies and then train them up to fight for them. This is of course a difficult problem to stop and the government must call on more to be done by the Muslim population to prevent these extremist mosques from appearing.
One of the most difficult terror crimes to prevent is that of a vehicle driving into a group of people, a worrying trend which we have seen happen on a number of occasions around the world. The only resolution to this is to seek these people out before they commit an act and that means more investment in surveillance and monitoring. The internet is a grey area at the moment given that there are not as there is still a lot of red tape preventing authorities from looking into suspects and people of interest. Many worry that higher surveillance means that they will be turning the internet into something which it shouldn’t be, but if people want to feel safe in their homes at night then they should understand that higher powers of surveillance online are a necessity.