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NPR All Things Considered
February 11, 2010

Just How Many Terrorists Has The U.S. Convicted?
By Melissa Block (Host)

Mr. DAVID BURNHAM (Co-Director, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University): The government has misclassified people quite a lot. SHAPIRO: David Burnham has measured government data on terrorism prosecutions for the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Mr. BURNHAM: Right after 9/11, the government was classifying people who in no way were terrorists, you know, a woman was on an airline and she kept hitting her call button and she surely terrorized the flight attendants but she was not a terrorist. And she got arrested and was, sort of, classified as a terrorist. SHAPIRO: Any such study has to include subjective decisions, says Burnham. Mr. BURNHAM: Depending on how you count you get different answers.

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