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Statistically who has more Islamist Terrorism, the EU or the USA?

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Submitted by David MacKAY (Canada), Jul 2, 2008 at 19:39

I was very pleased with Daniel Pipes article and the correction/explanation of SAGEMAN's bad math.

Typically such "cook the books" journalists are seeking a means to put forward a false view rather than accurately describe the statistical reality in the first place.

U.S. arrests rates being 2.5 times that of Europe's is certainly accurate and perhaps an understatement.

Europeans must register with the local constabulary when they move. The U.S has no such requirement when anyone moves form state to state or city to city.

EU registration requirements support the tracking of people and are in place for exactly that purpose.

EU telephone listings stay with the legal land description to which they were fist applied. So the residential phone number is always the same at a given address address no matter who moves in or out. We all know it is not this way in North America in fact just the opposite. Again the European practice of ensuring the phone number stays with the address is another means of tracking individuals.

North American Human Rights legislation is preventing such tracking and it is not even close to ever being changed.

Daniel PIPE's observation's are very correct and indicate a need for much higher vigilance in the U.S. as well as Canada.


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