We have a Secretary of Homeland Security who will jump through hoops to avoid saying the word "terrorism," preferring instead to refer to mysterious "man caused disasters." Still less is the Administration willing to acknowledge that the principal source of
terrorism man caused disasters is radical Islam. The Attorney General is fully on board with the plan to pretend that, say, abortion clinic bombers and the IRA pose threats to the United States comparable to those posed by al Qaeda.
Rep. Peter King does not share this somnambulent attitude, and so is holding hearings to examine the role of radical Islam it the landscape of terror. And while the Attorney General may prefer to look the other way, his own Justice Department tells a different story when it comes down to the actual figures.
The Department of Justice has tracked convictions resulting from international terrorism investigations conducted since September 11, 2001. It has compiled a chart of convictions that is included in this document.
In light of Rep. Peter King's hearings on the threat posed by radicalized Islam in the United States, the chart is an extremely interesting document. The folks at the Investigative Project on Terrorism have analyzed it, finding that Islamists are prominently featured, with more than 80 percent of all convictions tied to international terrorist groups and homegrown terrorism since 9/11 involving defendants driven by a radical Islamist agenda.
The New York Times isn't happy about Rep. King's hearing, so it has made much of King's past support for the IRA, devoting a page-one story to it. But the New York Post acidly comments: "as if anyone ever declined to walk through Times Square for fear of being blown up by a rabid Irishman."