Patt Morrison for October 17, 2011

"Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals"

Free Press

What brings a person to the point of wanting to blow themselves up for the sake of killing others? In his new book "Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals," Ken Ballen delves into the minds and hearts of six jihad terrorists to share the inner-most thoughts, emotions and family conflicts that brought them to the extremist movement.

A former federal prosecutor, Congressional investigator and head of the nonprofit Terror Free Tomorrow, Ballen spent five years interviewing more than 100 jihadists, many of them at the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior Care Center, a kind of “rehab” center for jihadists. Ballen intimately portrays six men in particular, including an Al-Qaeda suicide bomber who survived his attack and came out passionately pro-American and a man who is paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army, to train terrorists.

Weigh In:

What are terrorists thinking when they join the jihad movement? And how is a terrorist rehabilitated?

Guest:

Ken Ballen, author, "Terrorists in Love: the Real Lives of Islamic Radicals"


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