National Internal Security/Terrorism Prosecutions for January 2013

Number Latest Month 15
Number Previous Month 20
Percent Change from 1 year ago 21.8
Percent Change from 5 years ago -24.5
Table 1: Criminal National Internal Security/Terrorism Prosecutions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during January 2013 the government reported 15 new national internal security/terrorism prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is down from 20 the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with national internal security/terrorism-related offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. (See Table 2)

When monthly 2013 prosecutions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was up (21.8 percent). Prosecutions over the past year are still much lower than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are down 24.5 percent from levels reported in 2008.

Plot of _FREQ_ by FYMONDT

Figure 1: Monthly trends in national internal security/terrorism prosecutions

The decrease from the levels five years ago in national internal security/terrorism prosecutions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 2. The vertical bars in Figure 2 represent the number of national internal security/terrorism prosecutions of this type recorded on a month-to-month basis. Where a prosecution was initially filed in U.S. Magistrate Court and then transferred to the U.S. District Court, the magistrate filing date was used since this provides an earlier indicator of actual trends. The superimposed line on the bars plots the six-month moving average so that natural fluctuations are smoothed out. To view trends year-by-year rather than month-by-month, see TRAC's annual report series for a broader picture.

Number of Defendants in National Internal Security/Terrorism Cases

Table 2 lists all separate cases with the number of defendants.

Case Defendant #  
2013 - N. Y., E (Brooklyn) Case: 1 1 Details
2013 - N. Y., E (Brooklyn) Case: 1 2 Details
2013 - N. Y., E (Brooklyn) Case: 1 3 Details
2013 - N. J. (Newark) Case: 2 1 Details
2013 - N. J. (Newark) Case: 2 2 Details
2013 - Cal, C (Los Angeles) Case: 3 1 Details
2013 - Cal, C (Los Angeles) Case: 4 1 Details
2013 - Conn (New Haven) Case: 5 1 Details
2013 - D. C. (Washington) Case: 6 1 Details
2013 - N Car, W (Asheville) Case: 7 1 Details
2013 - N. J. (Newark) Case: 8 1 Details
2013 - Okla, W (Oklahoma City) Case: 9 1 Details
2013 - S Dakota (Sioux Falls) Case: 10 1 Details
2013 - Tenn, W (Memphis) Case: 11 1 Details
2013 - Virg, E (Alexandria) Case: 12 1 Details
Table 2: Number of defendants per case

Report Generated: March 5, 2013
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