Radical US Muslims 'a Minuscule Threat'
Arrests down for homegrown plots, attacks
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2012 8:25 AM CST
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(Newser) – After the attempted Times Square bombing in 2010, many feared that radical Muslim Americans posed a growing threat to the US—but that fear is unfounded, a new report from a research group declares. The number of US Muslims charged in violent attacks or plots peaked in 2009 at 47, but has since decreased to 26 in 2010 and 20 last year, the New York Times reports. Terrorism by Muslim Americans is only "a miniscule threat to public safety," says the report's author.

Authorities have been relieved with the drop in homegrown terror plots and attacks since 2009, a surprising year that included the Fort Hood attack. Last year's 20 arrests was a return to the rough average that the country has seen since September 11, 2001. In addition, those arrests included just one series of actual attacks: the shots fired at Northern Virginia military buildings, which caused no injuries. Says the author, "Fortunately, very few of these people are competent and very few get to the stage of preparing an attack without coming to the attention of the authorities."

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buzzdbr
Feb 8, 2012 4:39 PM CST
Yesterday we hear "Sovereign citizens" are a threat( which some very well have been..Google it). But the # of incidents didnt warrant a "advisory". Next day radical US Muslims not a threat...because they just havent done more than they already did? Good thing as the research report says.." Fortunately, very few of these people are competent and very few get to the stage of preparing an attack without coming to the attention of the authorities." Radicals/Extremist/Fanatics are always a threat, even if they are idiots.
Riffran
Feb 8, 2012 3:40 PM CST
really....a recent bit of news from a buddy of mine in the Dept. of Homeland security would not agree. Hamas and Alquida are actively recruiting HERE in the US, and there are training camps near the border that are under watch now. But I will take the "word" of some research group instead...rofl
b1izzard
Feb 8, 2012 12:06 PM CST
Good thing we are back to the same number of arrests as on 9/11/2001 There were too few of them back then to do anything to us, weren't there?