Domestic Terrorism

In the face of all of the claims regarding the relative effectiveness of current and previous administrations to prevent domestic terrorist attacks, I thought some facts might be interesting.

These were compiled from the Wikipedia entry on Terrorism in the United States.

Under President Clinton, there were eight incidents of domestic Islamic terrorism. The most famous of these was the Trade Tower bombing in 1993 that killed six and injured 1042. Four of the six who carried out the attacks were put on trial, convicted, and are serving life sentences. One remains on the US terrorist list but disappeared in 2003. The other died in Saudi Arabia in 2007

There were also at least two terrorist attacks that the Clinton administration prevented. One in 1993 in New York and the other on and around January 1, 2000 at various sites including LAX. In both cases, the perpetrators were arrested, convicted, and are now in prison.

Under President Bush, there were six domestic attacks connected with Islamic terrorists. The first was in New York and Washington DC on 9/11/02. The last was in 2006 in Seattle.

There were also at least ten other attempts that were prevented including the famous shoe bomber case in 2001. All perpetrators were prosecuted in US court and are in prison.

Under President Obama there have been two domestic attacks associated with Islamic terrorists. One was at Fort Hood where 13 were killed and 30 wounded. The other at an Arkansas recruiting office where one was killed and one wounded. Both attackers were US citizens.

There have been at least six other attempts that either failed or were prevented. The most famous of those is the recent attempted Christmas bombing.

So the reality is that no administration has been able to prevent domestic attacks from radicals who feel that the United States is at war with Islam. We also appear to be getting better at disrupting terrorist activity here at home, but we are far from perfect.

What we need going forward are facts and accountability, not tea party politics.

The costs of failure are too great to allow petty partisanship to undermine the efforts of those who job it is to protect us.

9 Responses to “Domestic Terrorism”

  1. keith says:

    Jeff my friend we agree….well said!

    As a foot note I’d remove the words “not tea party politics.”
    The sentence constructed as “What we need going forward are facts and accountability” was fine.

  2. keith says:

    Hey Jeff,
    I’m watching Obama in Boston stumping for Coakley.
    I understand why he’s doing this but she’s not someone
    a credible person would want to endorse….

    This link is not from a “right wing guy”

    This one should be interseting……

    Also read in the post Obama hasn’t held a press conference since July…
    Don’t know past presidents but that seems like a long time..

  3. Jeff Beamsley says:

    Your right. Six months does seem like a long time to go without a press conference. Of course there were a couple of vacations and holidays in there and also the work on the Healthcare bill.

    I don’t think that you are going to see a press conference so close to the state of the union message either.

    BTW he was still giving interviews, just not in a press conference format.

    Hopefully he’ll get back to it after the state of the union address.

  4. Keith says:

    Brown wins………

    now for the stunner. this has nothing to do with obama. coakley ran
    the worst race i’ve ever seen or heard up. she basicly didn’t show
    up until she was down in the polls.

    we all would be well served if a bunch more of those who feel “entitled” gets beat, republican or demacrate. this will leave obama with legislators who aren’t career minded and those who can things done. my hope for obama is he gets a repub house and senate like clinton did. i also hope he has the smarts to govern a smart as clinton did with that house senate/house make up. then both of our rbest hopes may be reliazed…..

  5. Keith says:

    Hey Jeff,
    I thought to attach this post of yours from after the ’08 election.
    The substance isn’t so much my point but just a year or so later you post could be written simply by incerting last nights result and filpping the parties and incerting different names.

    my point last year was the the dems thought they won…they didn’t .BUSH and everyone with and “R” attached to their names was booed off the stage. the dems were wrong then to think the public was now on their side. the vote was simply “NEXT.”

    the vote last night was in my opinion NOT a vote against obama, though he couldnt rally the troops, which if i’m a dem would be concern me. however its interesting some dems think it was a refferendum on their leadership…..lets watch. i do know the country is center right, NOT center left. the dem leadership isn’t center left but far left….this must change or the public will vote them out also….health care change is wanted, reid and polosi’s leadership on this issue in “unwelcome.” you know i think obama could have had what wanted..why he failed to lead is a mistry, unless of course he truely does prefer to vote present on most issues. (we will watch this togather)

    repubs better be careful here to. a repub beat a horrible candidate…bug deal right….the public, and me included, don’t really want hyde, lott, and those kinda guys in leadership either….

    so…here’s your post of last year.

  6. keith says:

    It seems Al Franken and I share simular views on the administration.

    Jon Stewart was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly the other night. He made one very interesting comment. Bill said…”Ok, you’re a cool-aid drinker, you were in the tank for Obama the whole way, you’e a supporter. One year in what’s your honest opinion” to which Jon said. “He’s either playing a 3 deminsional game of chess on a jedi level that I’m not able to comprehend or he’s swimming in water way over his head. I DON”T KNOW WHICH.”

  7. keith says:

    Hello my friend….hope all is well. We’ve had 50″ plus inches of snow in the
    last few days…

    I agree with the administration on this. When Bush was president your side would go nuts over this…..lets see what happens..

  8. Jeff Beamsley says:


    This is a really busy time at work, so I haven’t had much time to spend on this blog.

    It has been an interesting time for the Obama administration. I think that they have to some degree righted the ship, but as I’ve said in the past, he has to be willing to take a stand.

    We’ll see how that transpires over the next month or so.


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