Just 13 Right-Wing Extremists Have Been Charged With Terrorism Since 9/11

(The Daily Caller | Dec. 8, 2016) A Daily Caller analysis found that just 13 far-right extremists have been indicted on federal terrorism charges since Sept. 11, 2001, despite liberal journalists, groups and academics spreading the narrative that far-right extremists are just as or more dangerous than Islamic terrorists.

“Prosecutors often prefer the easiest crime to prove.”

Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center maintain lists of right-wing extremists. The lists combined contain 13 individuals charged with federal terrorism or terrorism-related charges.

The Department of Justice has made public a list of 580 individuals convicted of terrorism and terror-related charges between 9/11 and the end of 2014, and Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office compiled a list of 131 individuals implicated in terrorism from March 2014 to June 22, 2016. Neither of these lists contain far-right terrorists. Other publicly available information reveals no additional federal terrorism indictments for right-wing extremists.

Nathan Sales, an associate professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law and the former deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security, told The Daily Caller “prosecutors often prefer the easiest crime to prove” …

… Sales added that terrorists being charged with lesser crimes is something that occurs across the board with foreign terrorists alike.

“If you have an ISIS member who has attempted to blow up a subway car in Washington, D.C., a simple weapons charge will often be easier to prove rather than a terrorism-related charge which requires you to demonstrate a specific mental state like the intent to coerce or intimidate a civilian population. So, that’s actually a dynamic you see pretty frequently in international terrorism cases as well,” the former DHS official said …

Just 13 Right-Wing Extremists Have Been Charged With Terrorism Since 9/11

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