by David Phinney
Friday July 12th 2024



Check It Out: Jihadist Violence and Crying Wolf

Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank find that jihadist violence has increased by 607 percent around the world and the number of people killed in those attacks has grown by 237 percent since the 2003 Iraq invasion. Their story appears in Mother Jones.
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH: Federal prosecutors and the FBI mistakenly pumped up the number of terrorist investigations and prosecutions by tossing marriage fraud and immigration violations into the terrorism-related bin. So finds a scathing report released Tuesday by a Justice Department Inspector General. …

The Justice Department and the FBI made fighting terrorism a priority after the Sept. 11 attacks, but the IG determined the collection and reporting of the statistics as “decentralized and haphazard.”
RAND’s terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman told The Chicago Tribune that it might be a good idea if authorities not exaggerate what they’re doing in their counter-terrorism efforts.
“Without explaining their methods more clearly, the public could look at it as ‘crying wolf,'” Hoffman said.
For the record, here’s the Inspector General’s pdf report: Internal Controls over Terrorism Reporting.


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One Response to “Check It Out: Jihadist Violence and Crying Wolf

  1. Lorena says:

    .Ron Paul also states it is smplie. They hate us because we are over there. Paul never has taken into account the pre-OBL jihadist movement, so why should we? We should act like Paul and those other useful idiots and close our eyes to the history of the movement that dates prior to the re-invasion of Iraq. Everything else doesn’t exist, rather it’s just the imagination of a few crazy neocons.In Bin Laden’s 1996 fatwa he laid it out very clear; as clear as it was presented in this latest missive. That was 11 years ago and the American public, by and large, still have no clue why the Western world’ (read: non-Islamist world) are targets. You cannot spell it out more clearly for people looking past what is repeated to find mysterious root causes, especially when the root cause of the jihadist hatred is what is repeated and looked past.

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