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Homegrown Muslim Terrorism Plots Decreased Again In 2011

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A November 2011 protest over alleged spying on Muslims by the New York Police Department.

A November 2011 protest over alleged spying on Muslims by the New York Police Department.

Homegrown Muslim Terrorism Plots Decreased Again In 2011

by Andrea Stone

WASHINGTON — A new study of homegrown terrorism involving Muslim Americans suggests that the alarm bells set off by Republicans in Congress over sleeper cells of Islamic extremists may be much too loud.

Despite warnings of a potential wave of violent attacks hatched on U.S. soil, research by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Securityfinds that the number of attacks committed by Muslim Americans has fallen for the second year in a row. According to the study, 20 Muslim Americans carried out or were arrested for violent terrorist crimes in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and 49 in 2009.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the report said, 193 Muslim Americans have been arrested or convicted of violent terrorist acts. Last year was an average year for such offenses, the Durham, N.C.-based center said.

The findings, which follow revelations that the New York Police Department has spied on the city’s Muslim community, are sure to bolster critics who warn that singling out Muslim Americans iscounterproductive and bigoted, and may make the country less safe.

“Muslim American terrorism continued to be a miniscule threat to public safety last year. None of America’s 14,000 murders in 2011 were due to Islamic extremism,” said Charles Kurzman, the University of North Carolina sociologist who wrote the study as well as the book “The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists.” He said, “The challenge is for Americans to be vigilant about potential violence while keeping these threats in perspective.”

David Schanzer, the Triangle Center’s director, said the study proves that “those who predicted an inevitable, rapid increase of homegrown violent extremism among Muslim Americans were wrong.” He added, “While homegrown radicalization is still a problem, the offenders from 2011 were less skilled and less connected with international terrorist organizations than the offenders in the prior two years.”

The overall drop in numbers aside, the study will likely bolster one fear raised on Capitol Hill. One in five Muslim American terrorist offenders last year had military experience. That’s a sharp increase — just 15 of the 193 perpetrators since 9/11 had served in the military — and suggests there may be some truth to officials’ concerns that Islamic extremists are infiltrating the ranks.

Among the study’s other findings:

    • Only one of the 20 offenders last year was accused of actually executing a terrorist attack.
    • The 20 offenders do not match any one ethnic or racial profile: 30 percent are Arab, 25 percent white, and 15 percent African American.
    • Last year’s offenders were more likely to be converts to Islam, with 40 percent of them having changed their religion compared to 35 percent of all Muslim American terrorist offenders since 9/11.
    • Only two of the 20 offenders received terrorism training abroad, compared to eight in 2010 and 28 in 2009, suggesting that those who do commit violent acts are learning their skills at home.


For more, read the full report here:

Kurzman Muslim-American Terrorism in the Decade Since 9 11


  1. LOL..The bells are ringing for silly dingaling people only with cell phone cameras..lots of them you know…Allah have Mercy…lol…

  2. Isn’t one act of terrorism one too many? I don’t care if it’s “Christian” or “Islamic” and it has to stop. I don’t support any kind of violence of this nature and while it’s good to see the decrease there is room for improvement. We can’t sweep this under the rug.

  3. I am so sick of buzz word’s I could just vomit at them!!!!!!! “sleeper cells of Islamic extremists”..etc etc…it gets very old people! I think if people use those I will enver listen to or watch them ever again. They have no education or knowledge so they just invent stupid word’s..disgusting..tiresome…not relevant to life…Idhamou Ani

  4. Funny, according to a FBI study back in 2010, less than 7% of the acts of terrorism in the US is related to Islam. Yet, ask the typical American and they’d tell you it was 99%

  5. and not only that..I can’t even spell today I could be also stupid..a bad thing..I have dyslexia I think of typing..hey I looked up the spelling of that word..! That’s what makes people smarter..hey Rick Santorum could read the Qur’an and read the last sermon of our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, so he then wouldn’t give that mis-informed information any longer!…life on the planet…:(..:)

  6. Republicans have found a new and better wedge issue, womens rights. They will probably drop the islamophobia.

  7. What I’ve been saying: GOP Congress has lost touch with reality and the American people. Maybe they listen to the Enertainment News Station With a TAIL???

  8. Forward this to Pamela Geller…along w/a muzzle!!!

  9. I doesn’t matter what the number of attacks is, what matters is the motivation.The motivation of Islamic terrorists is the destabilization of the societies Muslims live in. Which is why no level of Islamic terrorism can be tolerated.

  10. I want muslims to ask themselves why they produce and support such “destabilizers”. Does it matter to them that these people make Islam look despicable? Do they support them with the idea that this is the way to take over the world?

    Are they such a real estate religion that territory is all that matters? To grasp and to crush all other life out of the earth?

  11. Anon
    No worshipping god is more important. I really dont understand where you get this from. The fact is however, terrorist acts arent confined to muslims, we dont support bad things bad muslims do, we also happen to be forgiving and heres some more proof

    Rais bhuyins story. Got shot by an islamophobe. Dude was sentanced to death. Bhuyin tried to lessen the sentance out of forgiveness and mercy, but the jury was like nope so he died.

    No lol theyll just tie it in with islamophobia

  12. Hera
    You should say no type of terrorism should be tolerated. And i agree, some societies are that unstable that extremists will grow from them but honestly muslims and Islam isnt the problem. They use it as a pawn in their games, its just deranged lunatics doing the damage.

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