Tsarnaev’s lone-wolf portrayal an opportunity for defense
Boston Globe - 03/31/2015
But the government’s portrayal of Tsarnaev as a lone wolf also opens up an opportunity for the defense, which began its case Monday, as it seeks to illustrate how Tsarnaev was troubled and easily influenced by others — particularly his older brother. Studies show that these attackers are often emotionally vulnerable individuals who can be converted to a new cause rather quickly, terrorism experts say.
“Terrorists express a political aim, otherwise they aren’t terrorists. But that aim doesn’t mean it’s driving their behavior,” said Max Abrahms, a political science professor at Northeastern University who studies terrorism.