Muslim-American terrorism study: Not many incidents, but it only takes one

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New York, Feb.3 (ANI): In the years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the number of Muslim-American terrorism suspects and perpetrators has averaged about 16 per year.

In 2010, according to a new report, the total was 20. That was a sharp drop from 2009, when 47 Muslim-Americans committed or were arrested for terrorist crimes, according to the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security in Durham, North Carolina.

The number of individual Muslim-Americans plotting against targets in the United States also dropped by half, from 18 in 2009 to 10 in 2010.

"Of course, even a single terrorist plot is too many," says Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the report's author.

He added: "But this trend offers a challenge for the American public: If we ratchet up our security concerns when the rate of terrorism rises, should we ratchet down our concerns when it falls?" (ANI)

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