The myth of 'right wing' terrorist outnumbering Islamic terrorists
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.The data does not support the meme that right wing terrorists are more prevalent thatn Islamic terrorists.
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.
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.
Sales pointed to the example of several Saudis being arrested following 9/11 on immigration charges instead of participation in the 9/11 conspiracy.