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Sageman warns against what he calls the "alarmist bias" in U.S. intelligence reports and media coverage of terrorism.Research on terrorism has been stagnant in part because so much of the information has been classified. But research is broadening, thanks in part to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. Topics of these academic studies range from curbing jihadi sympathies among Somali-American youths in Minneapolis to combating radicalization of Muslims in U.S. prisons to Muslim-American attitudes toward religious law (more non-Muslims say they'd like to live under religious law than do Muslims!). The University of Maryland project features an unclassified Global Terrorism Database that includes information about more than 125,000 terrorist attacks since 1970 .The core question for Sageman is why people become radicalized in the first place. That's why Said and Cherif Kouachi wore military outfits when they attacked Charlie Hebdo magazine, according to Sageman.
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