Discussion & Responses: Homegrown Violent Extremists   er gaining inspiration from extremist propaganda and communicating with members of foreign terrorist organizations who provide guidance on operational planning or targets; and (3) those who are directed by members of foreign terrorist organizations to commit specific, directed acts in support of the group’s ideology or cause. Prospective terrorists can fall into any one of these three categories or span across them, but in the end the result is the same—innocent men, women, and children killed and families, friends, and whole communities left to struggle in the aftermath. Currently, the FBI has designated the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) and homegrown violent extremists as the main terrorism threats to the Homeland. (“Current Threats,” 2017) HVEs and lone wolves are particularly challenging individuals when it comes to detection and capturing. In 2016, the FBI described the Unabomber as a twisted genius, someone…    read more