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New ASP Report Finds that Traditional Law Enforcement Tactics Have Disrupted Almost Three Times As Many Terrorist Plots As Post 9/11, Counterterrorism Measures

New ASP Report Finds that Traditional Law Enforcement Tactics Have Disrupted Almost Three Times As Many Terrorist Plots As Post 9/11, Counterterrorism Measures
Source: American Security Project

Today, the American Security Project released a report analyzing 32 attempted terrorist plots foiled since 9/11. The report found that many of the legislative measures and law enforcement techniques that were adopted after 9/11 have thwarted attacks in a relatively small number of cases, particularly when compared with traditional law enforcement tactics. The report, authored by ASP Policy Analyst Germain Difo, counters many recent reports and public statements claiming that post-9/11 counterterrorism legislation and torture methods used against terrorism suspects in U.S. custody have been critical to thwarting attacks and keeping Americans safe.

“Post-9/11 counterterrorism measures—including the PATRIOT Act and amended FISA surveillance provisions, unlawful combatant designations, indefinite detentions, and the use of torture techniques—have been widely touted as critical to our counterterrorism efforts. However, research shows that these techniques and legislative measures have been instrumental in thwarting attacks in only a small number of cases,” said Difo.

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