There are two definitive paths to terrorism; the “top-down process” and the “bottom-up process” (CSIS, 2007). Unfortunately, due to certain laws, civil rights, and civil liberties, many potential terrorists are too far down the path and well on their way to becoming full-fledged terrorists by the time intelligence agencies are aware of them.
Discuss these paths to terrorism. What are some of the critical elements in these models? What are some of the keys to interdicting these paths? Is one easier to identify and interdict than the other? Are there other models?