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NYPD watches Muslims; AP squeals in indignation

2012-02-27T22:13:36+00:00

Since last year, the Associated Press has been releasing a series of “investigative reports” detailing how the New York Police Department has been conducting a systematic program of infiltration and surveillance of Muslims in the New York area. Journalists, students, and other communists have been squealing about how horrible, shocking, degrading, and [insert hyperbole] it is.

Meanwhile, a sociologist just released the third edition of an annual report which, he says, proves that Muslims are a tiny threat (462 Muslims indicted or convicted of terrorism in the United States since 09/11/01) compared to 14,000+ murders in 2011. But he is deliberately conflating two sets of data, while admitting in the same report that he has not analyzed terrorist acts committed by non-Muslims. Therefore his data is little more than propaganda. If we compare apples to apples:

  • 462 Muslims committing terrorist acts from 2001 to 2011 out of 1.8 million Muslims in the US = 0.000256. That’s a small number.
  • 462 Muslims out of ___ total people committing terrorist acts from 2001 to 2011 in the United States should be a much larger number. Unfortunately the FBI’s available data does not compare apples to apples. It switches from counting all terrorist acts in the United States (mostly committed by the Earth Liberation Front and other radical environmentalists between 2002 and 2005), to counting violent terrorist acts around the world in 2006 and onward. So I have not been able to find data to calculate the total number of terrorists arrested in the United States from 2001 onward, and from that, being able to calculate:
  • Total Muslim terrorists divided by US Muslim population
  • Total non-Muslim terrorists divided by US non-Muslim population

I would be willing to bet, though, that the percentage of terrorists in the Muslim population is higher than the percentage of terrorists in the non-Muslim population.

Meanwhile, the sociologist’s introduction of “murders” in 2011 as a method of offering a sense of proportion is a red herring. Murders are not the same as terrorist acts, and it’s erroneous to compare the two. Besides, if we begin to compare who is committing the murders, and we see that in 2010, out of 15,000+ murders, 32 percent of them were committed by whites (who make up 72.4 percent of the population), and 38 percent of them were committed by blacks (who make up 12.6 percent of the population), then that opens up another debate which I doubt the sociologist wants to investigate. But it is exactly these types of data which the FBI presumably has compiled about Muslim vs. non-Muslim terrorist offenders, and which are suspiciously difficult to find.

Anyway. As far as the NYPD watching Muslims, I think it’s a great idea. Far better to offend some people’s sensibilities by watching them than to give them their “privacy” and  allow terrorists among them to commit further acts.

The best defense is a good offense. And if various Muslims, students and journalists are offended by that, then it must be good for the country.

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