The common denominator of terrorists is that they feel perpetually incomplete, noted psychoanalyst G. Heath King tells Newsmax TV.
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fit that mold to some degree, says King, author of "Existence, Thought, Style: Perspectives of a Primary Relation, Portrayed Through the Work of Søren Kierkegaard." He explored the philosophical foundations of psychology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where he completed his doctorate.
He is a regular contributor to Newsmax, having penned articles analyzing the minds and actions of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes and Sandy Hook Elementary’s Adam Lanza.
Terrorists are insecure individuals who seek to fulfill themselves through stringent action and self-sacrifice, he said. They are always aware of their shortcomings, whether they’re imagined or real, and have a very low self-esteem. They seek to enhance their self-esteem by absorbing themselves into “a very rigid, doctrinaire collective where they seek all of the answers and where they just completely revolve around.”
The Tsarnaev brothers did have a shortcoming, and they blamed others for it, King said. “We know, for example, that (their uncle) referred to both of them as losers.”
Tamerlan, the elder brother, was collecting welfare while blaming America for his shortcomings, he added.
The brothers differ slightly from the profile, King said, but still fit into a new breed of terrorists that work in cells of one to three people to be more flexible and effective.
“They tend to indulge themselves with online radicalization,” he tells Newsmax, and in doing so “they get a very dumbed-down approach to their own heritage.”
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The term “jihad,” he noted, in the Quran means the inner struggle to live in the way of God. “They have reduced it to a distorted, venomous approach of physical struggle against the enemies of Islam.”
About 8,000 websites exist dedicated to the twisted sense of jihad, said King, adding that you don’t normally find the people with those views living in Muslim communities because “35 percent of the terrorists are converts, and they’re going in this direction of the online radicalization.”
The FBI’s methods of ferreting out Muslim extremists are incomplete, inadequte and outmoded, King said.
The FBI interviewed Carlos Bledsoe and Maj. Nidal Hasan before they ended up killing people at a Little Rock, Ark., recruiting station and Fort Hood, Texas, respectively.
“Then we had another slip through the loop,” King said, referring to Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was interviewed by the FBI in 2011.
King suggests reallocating resources from abroad to the U.S. homeland.
He pointed out his own work in a 1986 book that can give clues to whether a person is telling the truth as well as that of two Israelis who are working on a system that can determine whether a person has evil intent.
Such technology will never take the human element out of identifying potential terrorists, though, King believes. He proposes an “anti-terror brain trust” to conduct field work in conjunction with new technology.
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