“There have been more than 200 terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11, but what has really increased is the total number of foiled terrorist plots,” says University of Maryland researcher and START (Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) director Gary LaFree, who has developed the largest and most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world with funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Our researchers have tracked over 100 foiled plots in the past decade,” LaFree adds. “Most of these would be classified as homegrown terrorism.”
The lone wolf terrorist is a significant threat to our national security — more than al-Qaeda ever was. It is imperative that law enforcement and security professionals learn how to recognize and deal with the threat.