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AP (Associated with terrorists Press) is confirming what Atlas readers have been told for months. 2009 was a record year for Islamic jihad. And mind you, the figures AP is reporting do not include Major Muslim Hasan's jihad at Fort Hood or the Christmas ball bomber. What else isn't jihad?AP: 2009 a record year for terrorism charges in U.S.By creeping
2010 off to a fast start as well, via AP: 2009 terrorism charges higher than any year since 2001 – Salt Lake Tribune.
Federal prosecutors charged more suspects with terrorism in 2009 than in any year since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, providing evidence of what experts call a rise in plots spurred by Internet recruitment, the spread of al-Qaida overseas and ever-shifting tactics of terror chiefs.
A review of major national security cases by The Associated Press found 54 defendants had federal terrorism-related charges filed or unsealed against them in the past 12 months.
The Justice Department would not confirm the figure or provide its own. But an agency spokesman said 2009 had more defendants charged with terrorism than any year since the 2001 attacks. The year that came closest was 2002, said the spokesman, Dean Boyd.
But the 54 defendants do not include, for example, those charged only with lying to agents in a terrorism investigation, or the Army psychiatrist in the Fort Hood military base shooting who faces nonterrorism murder charges brought by military prosecutors instead of civilian charges. Nor do the 54 include the five Washington, D.C.-area youths charged in Pakistan. If all those cases were also added — and some commentators do count them — the total number of defendants would be 63.
If the AP didn’t count Ft. Hood or the DC Five, one has to wonder what other cases they omitted, and what non-Islamic terrorist cases they included in their tally.