Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

Abdi Warsame’s False Claim on Extremist Violence

0-pz-cve-200

Minneapolis City Council Abdi Warsame was dishonest in his Star Tribune op-ed yesterday that called for all community organizations to not cooperate with the Countering Violent Extremism program when he claimed that “more American’s have been killed by right-wing extremists than by those claiming to act in the name of Islam.”

He didn’t cite his source but it most likely came from a New America study of extremists from over a year ago that found that since 2002 right-wing murders were slightly ahead of Islamists murders 48-45.  What is especially dishonest is that he didn’t include the Orlando attack on a gay bar this summer that killed 50 people, the largest terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11.  Even New America has updated their statistics and now shows deaths due to Muslim radicals ahead of their definition of “right-wingers” by a 2-1 margin.

The New America study that’s being used by liberals and the media to advance a false narrative is misleading in many ways:

1. New America stats don’t count attacks from self-radicalized or “lone wolf” terrorists.

2. It’s very questionable for New America to code every murderer who displays racist or anti-government views as “right-wing” terrorists.

3. They only count deaths, what about all the serious injuries? The Boston Marathon Bombing killed four but injured 264.

4. What about the over 40 terrorist plots since 9/11 that have been prevented? Isn’t that relevant when accessing the threat?

5. And finally, why would such a study begin in 2002 and ignore the 3,000 deaths caused on 9/11?

Making dishonest claims, and painting a distorted picture of terrorist threats, will not lead us to the safety from violent extremism that we all desire.

Peter Zeller is Director of Operations at Center of the American Experiment.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • 2017 Annual Dinner Featuring Tom Cotton

    Location: Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Center of the American Experiment and its Board of Directors request the pleasure of your company for dinner with Senator Tom Cotton, to hear the U.S. Senator from Arkansas talk about Washington Under Trump: Update from Inside the Revolution.  Sponsorship Levels Seating assignments based on date of payment Questions? Please contact Samantha Peterson at speterson@americanexperiment.org or (612) 584-4559

    Register Now
  • Disinherited with Diana Furchtgott-Roth

    Location: Hilton Hotel Minneapolis, 1001 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Wednesday, February 22nd at the Hilton Hotel for a lunch forum with Diana Furchtgott-Roth who will be speaking about her new book Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young. When Wednesday, February 22nd 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Where Hilton Hotel Minneapolis 1001 S. Marquette Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403 Registration | $30.00 Questions regarding the event or to RSVP, please contact Samantha Peterson at speterson@americanexperiment.org or at 612.584.4559

    Register Now