A new study released today (Feb. 8) by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security documents that concerns of counterterrorism officials about a potential wave of homegrown violent extremism have not materialized over the past two years. The study, “Muslim-American Terrorism in the Decade Since 9/11,” reports that 20 Muslim-Americans committed or were arrested for terrorist crimes in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and 49 in 2009.
Several important highlights:
- There were 14,000 murders last year in the United States; not a single one of these deaths came from Islamic extremism.
- As in previous years, 2011’s Muslim American terrorism suspects did not fit any demographic profile. 30 percent were age 30 and older, 70 percent were U.S. citizens, and suspects came from a variety of ethnic backgrounds – 30 percent Arab, 25 percent white, and 15 percent African-American.
- Muslim-Americans continued to be the largest source of initial tips alerting law-enforcement authorities, bringing the total to over 52 out of 140 cases since 9/11.