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  •  I don't, but this from HuffPo questions the.. (5+ / 0-)

    accuracy - 11/07/11 11:55 PM ET  

    WASHINGTON -- The federal government's main database of global terrorism includes tens of thousands of attacks over the last seven years, a survey of strikes by Islamic extremists, secular anarchists, animal rights activists and eco-terrorists.

    But missing among the statistics are numerous cases of anti-abortion violence in the United States, an omission that raises questions about what defines terrorism and underscores how sensitive the issue of reproductive rights remains -- even when dealing with statistics.

    But it doesn't add up to the 528 figure you've noted  though.
    So the definition of terrorism isn't settled - I guess?
    "There is no single definition of terrorism," said LaFree, a criminology professor who also directs the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, which was founded in 2005 with DHS funding and includes the GTD database. "Even different branches of the U.S. government disagree on terrorism definitions."
    I'll try and find out

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