Documents obtained by Breitbart-Texas logged 7,712 encounters between law enforcement and “known or suspected terrorists” in the US.
Documents leaked from the FBI’s Terror Screening Center and obtained by Breitbart-Texas show that between July 20, 2015 and July 20, 2016, law-enforcement operatives had 7,712 encounters with known or suspected terrorists. What criteria the FBI use to determine who qualifies as a “known or suspected terrorist” was not obtained along with the documents.
The 10 leaked pages were used in a “Known or Suspected Terrorist (KST) Encounters Briefing” at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center. The documents were marked “Unclassified/Law Enforcement Sensitive.” Nine of the pages were released by Breitbart-Texas and the tenth was kept back as it contained contact information.
The states with the most encounters were mainly border states: California (879), Texas (585), Florida (569), Illinois (411), Michigan (414) and New York (827).
The documents did not detail the specific ideologies or groups motivating those encountered. They did however go into detail about Arizona, showing that the majority of terrorists or suspected terrorists encountered in Arizona were either Sunni (89) or Shia (56) Muslim extremists. A further 70 were listed as non-specific “Other International Terrorist Groups Or Affiliates,” leaving just 52 listed as “Domestic Terrorism.”
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