Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lone Wolf Terrorism: Shooting at Gay Nightclub Kills 50, Wounds 53 in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Nearly a year ago our students' National Security Critical Issues Task Force published this report on Lone Wolf Terrorism.  We really have to work harder on this problem.

Finding 1: There Is No Single USG Definition of LWT
Finding 2: Four Measurable Trends in Lone Wolf Terrorism
Finding 3: Profiling Lone Wolf Terrorists is Ineffective
Finding 4: Lone Wolves Follow a Similar Radicalization and Mobilization Path
Finding 5: Existing Typologies Fail to Explain Why Lone Wolves Act Alone
Finding 6: Challenges in Identifying Lone Wolves Using Traditional Law Enforcement Tactics 
Finding 7: Law Enforcement Responses Can Result in Community Mistrust
Finding 8: The US Lacks a “Whole of Government” Approach

Recommendation One: Adopt a Standard Definition 
Recommendation Two: Appoint Clear Leadership over Lone Wolf Terrorism
Recommendation Three: Emphasize Preventing and Short Circuiting Radicalization

Shooting at Gay Nightclub Kills 50, Wounds 53 in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Alleged shooter identified as Omar S. Mateen

Updated June 12, 2016 11:28 a.m. ET
ORLANDO, Fla.—Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said Sunday morning there were 50 dead and at least 53 injured at an Orlando gay nightclub, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
A counterterrorism official Sunday morning identified the alleged shooter as Omar S. Mateen, 29, of Port Saint Lucie. The official said he believed the alleged shooter lived with his sister and her husband.
Federal investigators said they are looking for ties to any terrorist organization. There is some evidence the shooter may have had “leanings” toward a radical Islamic ideology, but there is no definitive information yet, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Police shot and killed the suspected killer at about 5 a.m. after an hours-long standoff with police, Chief John W. Mina said at a 7 a.m. news conference. The man was wearing a suspicious device, carrying an assault rifle and a handgun, and took hostages, Mr. Mina said.
The shootings took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub in downtown Orlando.
“All the killing that was done was with an assault rifle, a single was done very quickly also,” said Rep. Alan Grayson, D, said Sunday morning. “There’s blood everywhere” in the club, he said, noting that he spoke to someone who had seen the club following the shooting. “There’s an enormous amount of evidence to be collected systematically over the course of many hours.”

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