Vast Majority of ISIL-Linked Terrorist Suspects Charged in US Are Americans

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As politicians and pundits scramble to stoke fears of refugees following the devastating attacks in Paris last week, the truth is 81% of Islamic State-linked suspects charged in the United States have been US-born citizens, and none have been from Syria.

So far, there have been 68 people indicted for their alleged involvement with the terror organization: 55 of them were US citizens, and 44 were born in the United States, research published by the Center on National Security at Fordham University revealed.

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While the majority were born in the US, six were born in Bosnia, four in Uzbekistan, three in Somalia, and two in Sudan. None were from Syria. 

The report noted that the average age for those charged is 26, and approximately a third are under 21.  Ten of those indicted are female.

Karen Greenberg, the center’s director, called the fear mongering about refugees the US has seen over the last week misguided, and noted that the majority of refugees are grateful to be treated kindly.

“They are young, they are spread over a wide geography, they are impervious to profiling in many ways,” Greenberg told the Guardian.

As many have pointed out since the attacks on the French capital that left 130 people dead, the majority of mass killings in the United States have been committed by white American males with absolutely no ties to IS whatsoever.

Attacks like the ones in Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson, Charleston and Roseburg were all committed by white male protestants.

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On Thursday, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio told WAKR radio that “Since the beginning of the Bush administration when we were attacked, September 11th, we’ve not had any major terrorist attacks in this country. We’ve had individual crazy people [who] look more like me than they look like Middle Easterners. They are generally white males, who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools. Those are terrorist attacks, they’re just different kinds of terrorists.”

And yet, conservative politicians, pundits, and social media commentators refuse to acknowledge that the real threat to the safety of Americans looks just like them, may come from their own places of worship, and have access to weapons of mass destruction thanks to ineffective gun control laws in the US.

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