There Are Far Fewer Terror Attacks Now Than In the 1970s

Putting the Terror Threat In Perspective

The terror threat is greatly exaggerated. After all, the type of counter-terror experts who frequently appear on the mainstream news are motivated to hype the terror threat, because it drums up business  for them.

The same is true for government employees.  As former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes put it last week:

If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that “We won the war on terror and everything’s great,” cuz the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half.

You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive”—it’s “Keep Fear Alive.” Keep it alive.

Fearmongering also serves political goals. For example, FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, a top constitutional and military law expert, Time magazine, the Washington Post and others have all said that U.S. government officials “were trying to create an atmosphere of fear in which the American people would give them more power”.  Indeed, the former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge admitted that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win reelection.  Former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski – also a top foreign policy advisor to President Obama – told the Senate that the war on terror is a “a mythical historical narrative”.

Indeed, the government justifies its geopolitical goals – including seizing more power at home, and overthrowing oil-rich countries – by hyping the terror menace.   So the government wants you to be scared out of your pants by the risk of terrorism.   No wonder national security employees see a terrorist under every bush.

But terrorism has actually dramatically declined in the United States.   Daniel Benjamin – the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the United States Department of State from 2009 to 2012 – noted last month (at 10:22):

The total number of deaths from terrorism in recent years has been extremely small in the West.  And the threat itself has been considerably reduced. Given all the headlines people don’t have that perception; but if you look at the statistics that is the case.

Indeed, the Washington Post noted in 2013 that the number of terror attacks in the U.S. has plummeted since the 1970s:

terrorist attacks since 1970

Indeed, you’re now much more likely to be killed by brain-eating parasites, texting while driving, toddlers, lightning, falling out of bed, alcoholism, food poisoning, a financial crash, obesity, medical errors or “autoerotic asphyxiation” than by terrorists.

Obviously, a huge number of innocent Americans – 3,000 – were killed on 9/11 … a single terror attack.

However,  9/11 – like the Boston Bombing (and the Paris terror attack) – happened because mass surveillance replaced traditional anti-terror measures.   Similarly, Cheney and company were criminally negligent.

And the “War on Terror” has been counter-productive, and only increased the terrorism problem.

If we had stuck with tried-and-true anti-terror techniques, high-fatality events like 9/11 would never have happened.

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  • “There Are Far Fewer Terror Attacks Now Than In the 1970s” -> and 1 million times more coverage now of them in the “news”.

  • ClubToTheHead

    A decline, sure, but where is the graph of terror attacks done BY the US in the same period?

    And is the attack on the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, or on the Branch Davidians in Waco, counted among the terrorist attacks? Or the police slaughter of minorities?

    One should never discount the terror felt by sentient beings just because they are conventionally denied their humanity.

  • LowellST13

    The False Flags that the US Government or those at their behest is increasing, due to the Banksters pulling the strings…. Sad that Sheeple can not investigate for themselves… We need to return to being a republic instead of an Empire… If we get attacked then fine, we will finish the fight, but we should not be the ones to start them…. I would not put our military in harms way needlessly or erroneously

  • Tut Tut

    Down in hell there are terror attacks going on all the time. The devil is the cause of them.

  • Km

    A decline because they are not being reported!

  • datascience

    What about before 1970? I’d that a spike or a drop from historic highs? What about number of deaths vs number of attacks? Is the character of the attack comparable, or are we comparing onesy-twosy attacks to 9/11?

  • This is how government scares the people for more power and they loose more freedom, and is a tried and true tactic used for centuries! Here is an example from my reading the world. Pure speculation? You decide!

    Gunman Panics Ottawa, Killing Soldier in Spree at Capital OCT. 22, 2014Continue reading the main story Video. Witness Accounts of Ottawa Shootings A sampling of video and witness accounts of the shootings in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. October 22, 2014. The Canadian Press, via Associated Press OTTAWA — The heart of the Canadian capital was thrown into panic and placed in lockdown on Wednesday after a gunman armed with a rifle or shotgun fatally wounded a corporal guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier at the National War Memorial, entered the nearby Parliament building and fired multiple times before he was shot and killed.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/world/americas/canada-parliament-gunfire.html?_r=0

    Aug 19, 2014 Massive Joint Military Training Exercise in Niagara Region Ontario

    Dan Dicks and the PFT team cover Exercise Stalwart Guardian 14 which began on Saturday August 16, 2014 in the Niagara region of Ontario. The military exercise involves several armored regiments and over 2,000 Canadian, American, Scottish and British troops operating in public areas.

    http://youtu.be/DhAP9V7F5fE

  • Jan 10, 2015 Charlie Hebdo Shootings – Censored Video

    This is footage of the Charlie Hebdo shootings which has been restricted or taken down from a number of websites. As you will see it contains no blood, gore or graphic violence. It does however punch a major hole in the official story.

    http://youtu.be/yJEvlKKm6og

  • windship

    Some say Dick Cheney needs to be waterboarded daily and kept in solitary wearing an orange jump suit and a bag over his head for orchestrating 9/11. Some say this is his “karma” and that this might reduce future terror attacks in America better than deep surveillance of the entire nation. Now I wouldn’t say that, since I don’t think we should sink to the level of our true enemies, and besides it would probably result in my being arrested for even suggesting it, though various official reports do claim this is a very good way to collect more reliable evidence and obtain justice when a mysterious mass murder has occurred and the perpetrators just go on speaking tours promoting their own severely warped view of the world.