Terror groups ramp up online marketing to find recruits
USA Today - 01/17/2015
The recruiter’s message is appalling to most, but for some, it carries the promise of belonging and purpose, of being part of something more valuable than even their own lives.
For someone like Cornell, who appears to have had few friends and a penchant for anti-government conspiracy theories, the radical Islam he discovered online might have resonated, experts say.
“This guy’s story is very typical,” said Max Abrahms, a Northeastern University professor who specializes in terrorism. “They don’t come up with these ideas on their own, and it’s not surprising he’d be based in Ohio. The Internet is everywhere.
“It’s exactly what al-Qaeda and the Islamic State are shooting for.”