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On lone wolves and leaderless resistance

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This continues our series of student reflections and analysis authored by our research team. In the last couple of weeks, I have focused more heavily on coding and verifying cases taking place between 2012 and today. A growing trend I have noticed is the rise in number of leaderless attacks. According to “Lone Wolf Report,” a […]

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The Evolution of tPP

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This continues our series of student reflections and analysis authored by our research team. In the April of 2017, a group of approximately twenty undergraduates from various backgrounds slowly trickled in to an empty classroom at Miami University in the late afternoon.  That afternoon was the first meeting of the Prosecution Project.  Of those twenty-some undergraduate […]

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On the Coding of Foreign Affiliation

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This continues our series of student reflections and analysis authored by our research team. While the Prosecution Project (tPP) codes cases of domestic political violence for forty different variables, one that deserves specific attention is that of “foreign affiliation.” This variable can be best defined as a defendant’s affiliation with a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). FTO’s […]

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Want to join tPP for the Spring semester?

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Now entering its 5th semester, the Prosecution Project (tPP) is currently recruiting a limited number of student researchers and analysts for the Spring semester. tPP is a large data collection and analysis project that seeks to understand trends in how political violence, terrorism, and extremism are prosecuted in the US court system. The project involves […]

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Upcoming tPP Publication

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This continues our series of student reflections and analysis authored by our research team. In the 2019 “Emergent Voices” edition of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism, myself and Athena Chapekis (two student researchers for tPP) will have our work featured using the Prosecution Project (tPP) database. Our article, entitled “The prosecution of others: Presidential rhetoric and […]

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The fine line between informants and instigators: a look into entrapment in terrorism cases

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This continues our series of student reflections and analysis authored by our research team. Getting involved in the Prosecution Project has been an incredible learning experience in research, data analysis, critical problem solving and decision making skills. During my research, I’ve become more and more fascinated in the cases where accused terrorists believed themselves to be […]

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On tPP’s Decision Tree

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This continues our series of student reflections and analysis authored by our research team. Before a case can be added to our dataset it must pass a certain set of criteria, called the decision tree. There are five questions that we ask about each case when deciding if it is relevant to our project. The answer […]

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Are hate crimes terrorism?

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This continues our series of student reflections and analysis authored by our research team. The Terrorism Prosecution Project has been, from the beginning, dedicated to including all crimes with a political agenda, even if the government does not label them as terroristic. We feel that this is necessary to get a full picture of politically motivated […]

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Mental Illness and Terrorism

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This continues our series of student reflections and analysis authored by our research team. In the United States today, the rise of mass shootings committed by a single individual continues to be a perplexing and worrying issue. In attempts to discover the motivation of the criminal and cope through the injustice, social media and news sources […]