US Tracker 16.11.12

Salon: “As the investigation continues into a murderous Georgia-based militia group led by American military personnel who were plotting to overthrow the federal government, a former Navy recruit has become the 11th person charged in the case that includes allegations of burglaries and car break-ins to support the group and at least two homicides to keep it secret.”

CBS News: In their first television interviews, Police Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda have recalled the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek this August that led to the deaths of six people.

Huffington Post: “A U.S. citizen who allegedly joined a terrorist group in Somalia and a man from the Philippines accused of kidnapping an American in 1993 are the newest additions to the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists. Alabama native Omar Shafik Hammami eluded law enforcement authorities, who issued a warrant for his arrest on terrorism charges in 2007.” Raddulan Sahiron was the second person added to the list.

Chicago Sun-Times: Pamela Geller’s anti-jihad adverts that have already provoked controversy elsewhere have made their way to Chicago. ” ‘CTA understands that this ad may be offensive to our customers. While the courts have ruled this ad is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, we object to its divisive message,’ according to a CTA statement.”

Research: Edward Kaplan’s paper ‘Estimating the Duration of Jihadi Terror Plots in the United States’ has been published in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 35/12. “The number of ongoing terror plots increases with the duration of time from plot initiation until plot execution or interdiction (whichever comes first), yet no estimate of the probability distribution governing terror plot duration has appeared in the open literature. To remedy this gap, jihadi terror plots in the United States were identified from terrorism-related indictments that occurred between 11 September 2001 and 30 June 2011 in addition to successful attacks.”

It was found that “the estimated mean plot duration equals 270 days (standard error of mean 40 days), while 95 percent of all plots are estimated to fall between 33 and 750 days. These estimates suggest that on average, approximately three ongoing terror plots have been active in the United States at any point since 11 September 2001.”

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