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ETSU professor: Suspects may be self-radicalized terrorists

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Apr 19 2013 04:57:14 PM CDT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

To take a deeper look at the terror plot behind the alleged Boston Marathon killers, we spoke with ETSU professor Paul Kamolnick.

Kamolnick studies terrorism in the Department of Sociology.  

He said though these suspects are from Chechnya, a heavily Muslim-populated country that has experienced a violent turmoil, at this time he believes the brothers are likely to be leaderless terrorists who have self-radicalized and are essentially making a violent statement for some sort of unknown cause.

"The question is 'why?' Have they downloaded images as part of tactical propaganda? Have they self-isolated into a small group and been fed a constant diet of the war against Islam? Was it a process of feeling estranged and trying to make them most of it and living a kind of double life?" said Kamolnick.

Kamolnick went on to tell us this self-radicalizing type of terrorism can be very difficult to counteract, because there is no chain of command or strategic plan to target.

He added his theory could change if investigators learned new facts about the suspects, because there are still many unknown details about the case.