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Domestic Terror Incidents Hit a Peak in 2009

You may not have noticed because most of the plots were foiled, but 2009 saw an unprecedented surge in terror "events" on U.S. soil. When analysts tally these events, they refer to anything from a disrupted plot to U.S. citizens traveling abroad to seek terror training or a lone gunman running amok in the U.S. And by the calculations of Rand Corporation expert Brian Jenkins, more terrorist threats were uncovered in the U.S. during 2009 than in any year since 2001.


"There appears to be an increase in [terrorist] activity in the U.S.," warns Jenkins, who calculates that there have been 32 terror-related "events" on these shores since 9/11, and that 12 of those occurred in 2009. (See the top 10 inept terrorist plots.)

 
Mrs.Owen86

Asked by Mrs.Owen86 at 10:05 PM on Dec. 25, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Just irritated by stupidity


    How do you live with yourself then, sweet?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:29 AM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 10:06 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  •  one reason so many terrorism-related cases popped up in 2009 was the improvement in the ability of U.S. authorities to detect plots. It helps, too, that ordinary Americans have grown more alert to the danger. "More and more people will call in the police or FBI when they see something suspicious going on," he says.


     Also, the American Muslim community has become better at nipping potential threats in the bud. In the case of the Virginia Five, the families of the men approached CAIR, which encouraged them to get a lawyer and make contact with the FBI. Hooper says community leaders are working harder to promote mainstream Islamic thinking among younger American Muslims, to counter extremist interpretations they may discover online.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:49 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • I think its good we are catching these people. the longer they go undetected, the more people they spread their hate too.


    But in the article, one of the examples they gave was from an incident that wasn't in the US


    Late in 2008, Shirwa Ahmed, a Somali-American college student from Minneapolis, became the first American suicide bomber on record when he killed 29 people in an attack in Somalia.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:50 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • VP Biden warned that there would be more attempts when Prez Obama was elected. Apology tour and philosophy makes American appear weak.

    Nice spin, though, sweet.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:21 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • Not surprised...look up all of the recorded Islamic terrorist attacks over just the last year or two around the globe its an astronomical amount.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 9:17 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • Anyway its good to hear that maybe we are more aware..I question that though as far as joe blow goes.What sucks is that we even HAVE to worry about such crap..
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 9:20 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • VP Biden warned that there would be more attempts when Prez Obama was elected. Apology tour and philosophy makes American appear weak. Nice spin, though, sweet.


    Because we already KNEW they were in the making...Sorry you are too focused on your HATRED for the President that would try and make this his fault, when even the article doesn't support that...nice spin ANON

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:44 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • Anyway its good to hear that maybe we are more aware..I question that though as far as joe blow goes.What sucks is that we even HAVE to worry about such crap..


    Agreed

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:45 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • Not surprised...look up all of the recorded Islamic terrorist attacks over just the last year or two around the globe its an astronomical amount.


    Thanks for pointing that out, maybe the troll will SEE that/////

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:45 AM on Dec. 26, 2009