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Homeland Security: Life in U.S. turns individuals to radicals

Staff Writer |
A Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment found that most foreign-born violent extremists do not arrive in the U.S. radicalized.

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Instead, they become radicalized after living in the US for several years. Here is the report.

This is on track with other studies, including one by the New America Foundation, CNN writes, that find no clear connection with violent attacks or attempts in the U.S. and travel from certain countries.

Work on the assessment, which was first reported by MSNBC and confirmed by a DHS spokesman to CNN, began in August. It is based only on "unclassified, open source materials, including a Department of Justice list of unsealed cases.

"It does not include information from historical or current investigative case data or current intelligence or threat stream data from classified data sets."

DHS said the assessment is "used to inform federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial counterterrorism, law enforcement, and countering violent extremism officials, as well as immigrant screening and vetting officials on trends of foreign-born individuals engaged in terrorism activity in the homeland." The report examined 88 cases.

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