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NPR: Crafting a Mental Profile of a Terrorist


NPR: Crafting a Mental Profile of a Terrorist

September 1, 2005

START Profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered"

NPR correspondent Pam Fessler interviewed START Director Dr. Gary LaFree about START 's mission and methodology. In particular, the segment highlighted the patterns to be found by analyzing the data in START's terrorism database, which comprises over 70,000 terrorist incidents that have occurred over the last 25 years. The segment also addressed START's long-term goal of identifying social and psychological factors that terrorists have in common, so as to help authorities discover emerging terrorist threats. Audio clips and transcripts of the segment, "Crafting a Mental Profile of a Terrorist" ("All Things Considered," August 17, 2005), are available through the NPR website at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4804389.

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