Chapter 12: The Internet: A Terrorist Medium for the 21st Century
Kelly R. Damphousse & Brent L. Smith
The internet: A terrorist medium for the 21st century This chapter investigates the use of the Internet by two types of violent protest groups: (a) those that hate certain types of people (e.g., blacks, Jews, women) and (b) those that oppose certain types of policies (e.g., affirmative action, abortion rights, immigration). Although the ultimate focus of each may differ, the two certainly overlap some in terms of behavior, strategy, membership, and etiology (Lofland, 1996). The term protest group is used to refer to both potential and active terrorist groups. It would be incorrect, for example, to refer to a group of militia members as terrorists until they have actually performed some act of terrorism. At the same time, these protest groups are still interesting to study because of their marked potential for (a) engaging in terrorist acts or (b) providing for others the incentive to engage in violence. How the ...