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April 16, 2021

‘Sharp Uptick’ in Domestic Terror Prosecutions Will Continue in 2021: Report
By Nancy Bilyeau

Federal prosecutions arising from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol are on track to push the number of domestic terrorism cases to a new record high this year, says the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. A total of 144 charges of domestic terrorism were filed in just the first five months of fiscal year 2021―continuing the “sharp uptick” that began last year, when prosecutors filed what was then a record number of 183 charges. The previous high point occurred in 2002, in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, when some 160 domestic terror charges were filed, according to figures obtained by TRAC. TRAC noted that analyses suggesting that domestic terror threats had only recently overshadowed the danger of international terrorism were misplaced. “Government internal case-by-case records indicate that except for three years following the [9-11] attack on the Twin Towers, domestic terrorism prosecutions have outpaced those for international terrorism since federal prosecutors began systematically tracking terrorism cases 25 years ago, TRAC said in its analysis Thursday.

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