"The Enemy", wear thin?
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"Muslim-American Terrorism in the Decade Since 9/11" (PDF)
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is a report by Professor Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina, published by the Triangle Center for Terrorism and Homeland Security
. The TCFTHS is a collection of experts in the "Research Triangle" of North Carolina, associated with Duke, UNC and NC State and RTI, the independent research institute dedicated to aggregating and marketing the research resources of these three institutions.
The report finds that 20 Muslim-Americans committed or were arrested for terrorist crimes in 2011, making it roughly average in relation to the 193 arrests or convictions in the 10 years since 9/11. However, not one of the 14,000 murders reported in the US in 2011 were attributable to Islamic extremism, according to Kurzman. This also represents a second consecutive annual drop in convictions and arrests. Only one arrest involved accusations of executing a terrorist attack.
Eight Muslim-Americans were charged with non-violent support for terrorism in 2011, down from 27 in 2010. The four cases involving financial support all involved less than $100,000 in funds.
Although many of the numbers in the report show consistent trends (a 70/30 citizen/non-citizen split, and an ethnically diverse group, with 30% Arab, 25% white and 15% African-American), some statistical anomalies were reported. 25% of the 2011 perpetrator group had military experience. The number of identifiable tips to law-enforcement from Muslim-Americans (2 out of 14) is out of proportion to the approximately 0.6% representation of Muslims in the population of the US, although consistent with earlier years.
David Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center, said of the report:
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. Hopefully, the seriousness of this threat will continue to decline in the future.