I’m responding to Don’s comment in a previous entry, and thought this deserved its own post.
Yes there are home grown terrorists as well. Moreso in Europe than here, but I am sure there are some here. And that is why we need to monitor what the Wahabbi clerics are saying in the Mosques.
Terrorist attacks in the United States in the last century:
1920–TNT in a horse drawn wagon in NYC. Crime never solved, the Bolshevics were suspected. Death toll: 6
1945–Bomb set off in tavern in NYC. Puerto Rican nationalist group claimed responsibility. Death toll: 9
1993–Bomb in basement of WTC planted by militant Islamists. Death toll: 6
1995–Timothy McVeigh planted bomb in Oklahoma City. Death toll: 168
2001–September 11, Osama Bin Laden, etc. Death toll: Approx 2,996
Total for terrorist deaths in the US from 1920 to present: 3,185
In 2001 alone, 16,037 people were murdered in the United States.
11% of those were killed by an intimate partner.
4% were children 4 years or younger, killed by a parent.
This doesn’t take into account children ages 5-18 who were killed by a family member, nor does it address adults killed by family members other than intimate partners.
The number of Americans killed by their own families in 2001 exceeds the total number of deaths by terrorist attack in the last century (including those not perpetrated by Islamic extremists).
So if we are going to waste tax dollars and violate our Constitution in an effort to prevent violent deaths, “monitoring” the average American family makes more sense than monitoring mosques.