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Growing US violent extremism by the numbers: UMD database
Date:12/12/2011

ar on Terrorism.

  • Nearly half of the identified homegrown Islamist extremists (45 percent) come from a middle class background, and the majority (59 percent) are highly rooted in their host society.

  • At least 24 percent of the individuals included in this study were converts to Islam.

    Extremist Crimes

    START's "Extremist Crime Database" includes a systematic collection of open-source data on non-violent and violent criminal behavior in the United States associated with far-right extremist groups, far-left extremist groups, and al-Qaida-influenced groups. By developing this database, START researchers have thus far recorded thousands of criminal incidents committed by far-right extremists between 1990 and 2010 and more than one hundred by those inspired by al-Qaida. Data collection on far-left criminal activity is currently underway.

    • More than 345 homicide incidents were committed by at least one far-rightist between 1990 and 2010.

    • Far-rightists killed almost 50 law enforcement officials between 1990 and 2010. These incidents involved federal, state and local police officers, correctional officers, private security guards and one judge.

    • Far-right extremists committed more than 350 "financial schemes" since 1990. Since data collection and coding is ongoing this number will grow.

    • Almost 25 fatal incidents (in which the suspect killed others and/or was killed by police or committed suicide) have been committed by al-Qaida-inspired extremists since 1990.

    • Al-Qaida-inspired extremists committed close to 100 "financial schemes" since 1990.


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  • Contact: Neil Tickner
    ntickner@umd.edu
    301-405-4622
    University of Maryland
    Source:Eurekalert  

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