Terror Trials by the Numbers
Stings, informants, and underwear bombs: Digging through the data from federal terrorism cases.
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Federal terrorism cases have been filed in 36 states and Washington, DC.
Click the yellow circles to see all the terrorism cases in your state.
* Since 9/11, the federal government has prosecuted more than 500 people for plotting terrorist acts, trying to assist terrorists, or other crimes connected to terrorism. We reviewed cases involving 400 Department of Justice-designated terrorism defendants and another 108 cases that fit the doj’s definition of international terrorism cases.
Note: the count of "other crimes" does not include defendants who were charged with terrorism as well as non-terrorism crimes. (For example, the count does not reflect a defendant charged with material support and an immigration charge.)
Federal terrorism charges cover a range of offenses, from taking hostages to bombings. However, in many cases prosecutors choose to charge defendants only with non-terrorism crimes allegedly committed in conjunction with terrorism.