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Incentives beyond religious fanaticism

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Submitted by E. J. Blumberg (United States), Dec 6, 2005 at 12:45

More than the religious motivation of terrorists, the promise of financial rewards to themselves (if they succeed and escape) or their relatives if they don't, makes these people particularly dangerous because they do not fit classic stereotypes. Their basic motivation is doing anything for money without reference to religious, ethnic, moral or political motivation.

Every society produces these individuals who are not identifiable by easily verifiable means. Characteristics like dropping out of school, estrangement from society and not considering themselves part of it, petty crime, poor relationships with parents and sibs while definitive are not identifiable in the "walk through" of most security procedures.

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