Homegrown terrorists share characteristics, backgrounds.

Since the 9/11 attacks, 90 people were arrested in the…

Since the 9/11 attacks, 90 people were arrested in the United States on terrorism charges for plots or attacks against the United States; a new study of the group finds that 44 percent had prior criminal records; 61 percent of the terrorism defendants attended some college, including three who earned doctoral degrees; 64 percent of those college-educated terrorism suspects were engineering majors.

Almost half of those arrested for plotting or carrying out attacks against the United States had prior criminal records, mostly for small-time offenses, a study by New York state investigators found. Such interactions with local law enforcement represented possible opportunities to “detect and deter an attack,” the study said.

The Wall Street Journal reviewed a draft of the study by officials at the New York State Intelligence Center titled “The Vigilance Project: An Analysis of 32 Terrorism Cases Against the Homeland.” Using twenty-five variables, such as place of birth, age, religion, and affiliations, the report attempted to identify “trends in basic pedigree information” of ninety people arrested in connection with the thirty-two cases, which all took place after the attacks of 9/11.

One of the variables looked at by officials at the center, which is run by the New York State Police and brings together federal, other state, and local agencies to analyze and share information about terrorism, was the terror suspects’ criminal backgrounds.

Center officials obtained the criminal histories of 77 of the 90 people arrested on terrorism charges for plots or attacks against the United States after 9/11.

Thirty-four of those suspects, or 44 percent, had prior criminal records, according to the report.

Source: Homeland Security Newswire

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  • AngryWhiteMale

    I feel SO much safer.

  • Bart Berger

    I know you have to look at our homegrown kooks after Oklahoma city, but I think we should ,keep our eyes open to everything, not just look inward, Bart