Editor's Note: Given the occasionally violent protests seen in the United States over the weekend of May 30-31, we republish this podcast from July 2019 on domestic terrorism.
Since 2001, the phrase "domestic terrorism" has dominated its fair share of U.S. headlines. But homegrown terrorism in the United States is not a new phenomenon, and certainly not inspired singularly by al Qaeda or other transnational terrorist groups. In fact, arguably the most prolific periods of domestic terrorism in the U.S. predate online radicalization and the blowback from wars waged by the United States in the Middle East and South Asia.
Radical underground groups were all too common during the 1970s. The violent acts of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the Weathermen and the Black Liberation Army, to name a few, helped define a bloody period of American history. Exploring the different groups and their ideologies and the FBI's efforts to suppress them, bestselling author Bryan Burrough navigates a bloody decade of American domestic terrorism in Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence.
- Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence, by Bryan Burrough
- Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, by Bryan Burrough
- Beirut Rules, by Fred Burton and Samuel Katz
- What We Can Learn from a Young, Grassroots Jihadist in Pittsburgh
- Fred Burton's essential reading list
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