Terror Threat Overhyped
The New York Times reports:
A feared wave of homegrown terrorism by radicalized Muslim Americans has not materialized, with plots and arrests dropping sharply over the two years since an unusual peak in 2009, according to a new study by a North Carolina research group.
The study, to be released on Wednesday [here's the study], found that 20 Muslim Americans were charged in violent plots or attacks in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and a spike of 47 in 2009.
Charles Kurzman, the author of the report for the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security [a joint project of Duke University, University of North Carolina and RTI International] called terrorism by Muslim Americans “a minuscule threat to public safety.” Of about 14,000 murders in the United States last year, not a single one resulted from Islamic extremism, said Mr. Kurzman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina.
“Fortunately, very few of these people are competent and very few get to the stage of preparing an attack without coming to the attention of the authorities,” Mr. Kurzman said.
Since fear of terror makes people gullible and deferential to authority – and since the government has exaggerated the threat of terrorism for political purposes (literally seeing a terrorist under every bush) – the study will come as a blow to the fearmongers.
Note: I am a not Muslim, but I am against any religion being unfairly blamed for terrorism. For example, Christianity is not responsible for terrorism, even though the Norwegian shooter claimed to be a devout Christian. And I disagree with the FEMA trainer who implies that Christians are crazy radicals prone to terrorism.
Given that the Times has reported on the overblown terror hype, will the homeland security industry now feel the need to entrap some other semi-retarded drug addicts and flout them as a new wave of terrorist threats?