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Does the internet really radicalise terrorists? It’s (really) complicated


It doesn’t make sense. “Masood, is believed to have been a consumer of terrorist material online, and viewed beheadings and executions on YouTube, according to the ISC’s recent report. But it was in prison in 2000 and 2001 that the man who had up until then been known as Adrian Russell Elms converted to Islam. He became radicalised soon after. And, tellingly, the official independent report into the attack written by David Anderson, QC found that "his relatively small digital collection did not contain much of the standard jihadi content that is normally found in investigations involving Islamist-inspired terrorists".