My kids never made me check under the bed for monsters, but I will bet Peter King and Joe Lieberman’s moms had a hell of a time getting them to sleep. They are crazy afraid of “homegrown Muslim radicalization” and “homegrown terrorism,” and they are determined not to rest until they are all rounded up and locked away.
Representative King and Senator Lieberman are Chairs of the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees and they have led the fight against “homegrown terrorism,” or as I like to call it, “religious and political freedom for Muslims or those who look like they could be Muslim.” They have worked hard to blow the threat out of proportion, so I was actually happy to read this new report: 2011: The National Counterterrorism Center Report on Terrorism The National Counterterrorism Center has analyzed the data and released its report on trends in terrorism in 2011. Terrorism was down, civilian deaths were down. The analysts pointed out that Muslim countries bore the brunt of terror attacks — Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan topped the list. (The analysts did not however, note that there is a war going on in Afghanistan and Iraq, and for all practical purposes, Pakistan. Deaths from American Drone attacks were not included in the tallies.) But the report contains good news for Americans. Only 17 of us were killed by terrorist attacks in 2011 (0.14% of the worldwide total), and those all occurred outside of the U.S. (15 were in Afghanistan). Not a single attack in the United States from the “homegrown terrorists” that Representative King and Senator Lieberman have been holding hearings and writing laws to protect us from. Those hearings and bills are simply attempts to repress the political and religious freedom of Muslims. It’s time to put the myth of the dire threat of homegrown radicalization to rest.