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START Director Quoted in Response to London Attacks

In the wake of the London subway bombings, the expertise of Gary LaFree was called upon for an article in the Christian Science Monitor. Trying to determine if the attack was connected to al-Qaida, LaFree tried to explain the terrorist mindset. "The human response is to say this is senseless violence. But the whole point is not senseless. There are goals, and this is an attempt to communicate," he said. LaFree and colleagues are conducting research specifically involving the psychology of terrorism. The article in its entirety can be found in the Christian Science Monitor online archives.