Since the 911 attacks, an immediate menace to our society has come from attacks by individuals or small teams practicing “leaderless resistance”. Certainly the perpetuators of these crimes follow a common theology/ideology, that of jihadist-Salafist from within Sunni Islam. But, while they followed the call to arms from religious leaders, their violent actions were generated through their own initiative. This paper presents four major points: 1) it describes the jihadist-Salafist movement that has declared war on the United States, Israel, and the western democracies; 2) it provides insight into the recruitment and propaganda efforts of the movement; 3) it discusses portions of U.S. counterterrorism policy, specifically law enforcement surveillance and monitoring policy and techniques; 4) and finally, it draws conclusions on the effects fighting the jihadist-Salafist threat is having on the security-safety debate in the United States.


Danny Davis

Dr. Danny W. Davis is a senior lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. With the Bush School since 2007, Davis teaches and researches in the areas of terrorism, homeland security, and cybersecurity.

Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams graduated in 2016 with a master of public service and administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. She now works as a policy associate in the Washington, D.C. area.

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The Constant Threat to Peace and Liberty: The Caliphate and Jihad