FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists in U.S. Military

(NPR) Dina Temple-Raston - The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious. They include not just active and reserve military personnel but also individuals who have access to military facilities such as contractors and close family members with dependent ID cards. "You have to think about how people in the military community aren't just your run-of-the-mill jihadis," says Bruce Hoffman, a professor and counterterrorism expert at Georgetown University. "These are people who have access to guns and to bases and are supposed to have security clearances. This is not the community you want to be radicalizing."

2012-06-27 00:00:00

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