Homegrown Muslim-American terrorism down third straight year

February 4th, 2013 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences

The number of homegrown terrorism incidents by Muslim-Americans has dropped for the third consecutive year, a study released Friday by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security has found.

Fourteen Muslim-Americans committed or were charged with crimes in 2012, down from 21 in 2011, 26 in 2010 and 49 in 2009.

The full report, "Muslim-American Terrorism Declining Further," is available online at http://bit.ly/YlSRIc . The center is a consortium of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International.

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a total of 209 Muslim-Americans have been arrested or convicted of violent terrorism offenses, an average of about 20 per year. Last year was the first time since 2008 that the number of incidents dipped below that average.  

"Miniscule numbers of Muslim-Americans have engaged in terrorist activity over the past decade. It is reassuring to see that the wave of violence so many people feared has not come to pass," said Charles Kurzman, the study's author and a professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. 

"The seriousness of the homegrown, al-Qaeda-inspired threat has continued to decline," said David Schanzer, director of the center and a professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. "Not only is the number of incidents dropping, but the more recent terrorists are less skilled and have fewer connections with international terrorist organizations than offenders in prior years." 

The study also reported that:

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