May 16, 2015 4:22 PM by News Staff
CINCINNATI (AP) - Two cases involving alleged Islamic extremist plots in Ohio underscore the difficulties in detecting potential homegrown terrorists.
In a Cincinnati case, the 21-year-old man's father described him as a stay-at-home "Mommy's boy." In Columbus, the attorney for the suspect in another case said he was "a normal 23-year-old kid."
Neither had a history of violent crime, but both are now charged separately with plotting to kill fellow Americans in support of Islamic extremists. Both have pleaded not guilty.
The director of human rights research at the University of Dayton says "lone-wolf" terrorists are "a nightmare for national security" because their relatively simple plots are hard to uncover. He says family and friends might recognize growing radicalism in changes in behavior, similar to realizing someone might be suicidal.
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