Sydney siege shows how lone wolves add to terrorism threat
Bloomberg - 12/16/2014
“I’ve coined the term ‘loon wolf’ terrorist to describe a mentally unstable or deranged terrorist acting independently of a terrorist group,” Max Abrahms, an analyst, said in a tweet. Being mentally unstable doesn’t absolve someone from being a terrorist if acting on a political motive, said Abrahms, a political science professor at Northeastern University in Boston.
The Sydney case illustrates how difficult it is for authorities to detect and handle disturbed people who believe they will reap the rewards of dying a martyr for Islam.