Lies, Damn Lies, and Islamic Terrorism Statistics

In case you haven’t noticed, there is an orchestrated campaign underway to convince Americans that the threat of Islamic terrorism is wildly overstated.  And every so often, the purveyors of that lie will cite a study that ostensibly proves the claim to be true. Take this recent example, a Twitter tease from the Cato Institute: “Far right extremist groups were responsible for 73% of deadly terrorist incidents since September 11, 2001.” It’s pretty hard to miss the intended message, as it’s pretty broad and suggestive.  But it’s also incredibly dishonest. First of all, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study that Cato cites in the article addresses only domestic acts of terrorism.  Cato neglects to mention in the tease that the statistic is relevant to domestic terror attacks only, opting instead to misleadingly make a blanket statement which suggests that global terrorism data has been considered to reach...(Read Full Article)

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