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Report Analyzes Terrorism Trends

February 2, 2012 by  

Report Analyzes Terrorism Trends

A new report by the Homeland Security-funded National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (START) details trends in terrorism and other crimes throughout the United States from 1970 to 2008.

The report finds that during the 38-year span, about one-third of all terrorist attacks occurred in five metropolitan U.S. counties.

The largest numbers of events were clustered around major cities:

  • Manhattan, N.Y. (343 attacks)
  • Los Angeles County, Calif. (156 attacks)
  • Miami-Dade County, Fla. (103 attacks)
  • San Francisco County, Calif. (99 attacks)
  • Washington, D.C. (79 attacks)

Though the report says that most terror events took place in major metropolitan areas for the time period, it concedes that terrorism events spurred on mostly by “domestic actors” contributed to terrorism trends in more rural areas:


While large, urban counties such as Manhattan and Los Angeles have remained hot spots of terrorist activities across decades, the START researchers discovered that smaller, more rural counties such as Maricopa County, Ariz. – which includes Phoenix – have emerged as hot spots in recent years as domestic terrorism there has increased.


The researchers defined a hotspot as a county that experienced more than six terrorist attacks over the time period examined. The report also breaks down the terror activity by geographical regions and found that areas are usually prone to specific types of terror attacks, “For example, Lubbock County, Texas, only experienced extreme right-wing terrorism while the Bronx, New York, only experienced extreme left-wing terrorism.”

As for trends over time, the researchers said that the 1970s were dominated by extreme left-wing terrorist attacks, but they believed far left-wing terrorism in the United States is almost entirely limited to the 1970s with few events in the 1980s and virtually no events after that. They blamed far-right groups for the largest number of attacks in the 1990s and said single-issue attacks were dispersed across the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

The report categorizes terrorists in the following ways: extreme right-wing, extreme left-wing, religious, ethno-nationalist/separatist and single issue.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • FactNotRhetoric

    This report tells Americans that the TERRORISTS ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS. This report called American Citizens the TERRORISTS or “Domestic” Actors.

    The NDAA, Patriot Act and prior law gives the president the ability to:
    1) Declare martial law for any FEMA emergency like Occupy Riots
    2) Suspend the constitution
    3) Suspend congress
    4) Arrest and permanently detain any American Citizen indefinitely without a trial.
    5) Execute any American on the president’s orders without a trial.

    This report then defines the TERRORISTS as American Citizens.

    • 45caliber

      As soon as the leftists took over, the first Homeland Security alert was to identify terrorists as Americans who were veterans, gun lovers, Bible lovers, and those who disagreed with Oblama. (I fit all of these categories.) NONE of those examples of terrorists were Arab men who were trying to blow up large numbers of people. Odd, isn’t it?

      • Robert Smith

        Science can land men on the moon.

        Religion lands planes in buildings.

        Did you notice that most of the home grown violence is from the right? Actual violence… Remember the Murrah Federal Building in Oclahoma? All those clinics bombed.

        And where does some of that inspirational rhetoric reside?


        • 45caliber

          You should have read the article.

        • http://naver samurai

          SSDD, eh Rob? Do you ever get tired of posting the same lies, rhetoric, and innuendo? You sound like a broken record. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Robert Smith

            Samurai, how the heck are you?

            It’s still true that science can put a man on the moon but religion lands planes in buildings.


  • RonB

    I find this START report to be misleading, it is obvious to me that the authors research has construed the facts. The Lubbock County events were committed by an admitted Neo-Nazi and his two gang-banger cousins. I resent that tax-paid funds are being used to publish this dribble.
    Get the facts for yourself, don’t let the government decide for you.

    • eddie47d

      Look north to the Oklahoma City bombing and that right wing plot to take down government. Obviously larger cities such as NYC take the bigger hit for publicity and attention by any extremist group.

  • 2WarAbnVet

    Of course far left-wing terrorism in the United States has waned. This is explained by the simple fact that the far left-wing has assumed power in the United States. The same thing happened with the anti-war movement. Once the left took charge, that supposedly vast movement disappeared.

    “To disarm the people is the most effective way to enslave them.” – George Mason

    • 45caliber

      I agree with you.

  • Dennis48e

    Our government is one of if not the biggest terrorist.

    “Oops! FBI uses chain saw on wrong door”

    Thats the headline from a MSNBC article about a drug raid gone bad.

    • 45caliber

      What about the “Oops! We shot and killed the homeowner when he came out of his bedroom because we were in the wrong house! Oh, well.”

      • HKaufman

        Wonder how this was excused?? Hmmm: CASUALITY of homeland security..

      • http://naver samurai

        Don’t forget the shooting of and innocent woman and her baby by the Clinton Administration during Ruby Ridge. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • 45caliber

          But that wasn’t accidental.

  • Steve

    They will even conclude that anyone who wants to restore the Constitution is a terrorist. That would be me.

  • 45caliber

    And exactly what were they calling a “terrorist attack”? Was it someone attacking innocent targets in an effort to terrorize everyone else? Or were they racial attacks against a minority? Or were they simply some mass killer who decided to break a record? Only one of these examples is terrorism.

  • DGT

    Our founding Fathers were called terrorists by the British. Now the terrorists are in the Oval Office. Pick a political party, they both fit the definitions of terrorists.

  • Gringo Infidel

    Hmm – how many of these events were triggered by 4 year old girls or grandma’s wheelchairs?

    WHICH leader will cast aside the foolish notion of political correctness and focus on the enemies of this Republic?

    Sickening how such fools are tolerated. That is changing bit by bit every day though :-)


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