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Senior police officials meet at White House as part of effort to combat homegrown terrorism – Washington Post

On January 18, 2012, the Washington Post reported that 46 senior federal, state, and local law enforcement officials met at the White House to discuss how "police can maintain the trust of their communities while identifying and preventing violent extremism and homegrown terrorism."  According to the article, the meeting was in response to a visible rise in "violent extremism" within the United States in the past few years.

At the meeting, officials were exposed to a number of "identified basic similarities" among homegrown violent extremists. These variables stemmed from a case study of 62 homegrown extremists that was conducted by the FBI, Homeland Security Department, and the National Counterterrorism Center.  For example, the utilization of the Internet to speak out against the government was a common factor.  However, the study found that an individual's "origin, ethnic background, and socioeconomic status" were not strong variables.

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