How many terrorists are there?

I tried browsing and a search, couldn’t find the thread asking how many terrorists there are.

We are talking active (or could be activated), islamic jihadists terrorists.

I asked a friend of mine who works for intelligence in the CIA what their best guess at numbers was. He asked around for a general consensus. So take this as “what the CIA thinks” which you may think accurate or not.

He said they estimate around 10,000, which is about how many they think have trained at camps, mostly Afghanistan and sometimes elsewhere (hell, seems there was even one using paintball here in Virginia). They figure there are, ready to go but not trained, about double that.

So that’s 20,000 terrorists. Out of 1 billion muslims. Or .002%.

Not . . . very . . . many.

You could probably up that number a bit if you define terrorist as “violent extremist with a grudge against [USA/The West/Your Country of choice]” rather than just “radical muslim jihadist,” but yeah, a tiny proportion of the general population.

This thread needs a poll.

More than we could possibly know about.

I believe that’s why it’s an estimate.

Don’t forget to include all the freedom fighters.

Same thing. Right?

Per the end of Rambo III, yes.

  1. There are 14 terrorists.

Great, now all we gotta do is start staking villagers until we find them.

“There are twelve Cylon models.”

I think that it is unfair that the public only thinks of radical murderers when we use the word “terrorist,” which should apply to anyone who frightens the shit out of people professionally. Like a psychiatrist, who psyches people up for football games. Or a shootist, who has really good aim. Then terrorists who use their job skills for legitimate and constructive purposes like national security wouldn’t have to euphemize their vocation behind such fruitcake words as politician. Just kidding, I don’t vote Green.

Actually, I wish that there were people who were paid money, maybe by your friends, like singing telegrams, or maybe by you, like some type of therapist or entertainer, to scare the everloving shit out of you every now and again. Everyone loves a good scare, and someone who could put together a contraption in your bedroom while you were at work so that when you go to bed that night, it totally seems like it’s haunted would be a real asset to society. It can’t be that hard to replace your mirror with a piece of glass that, when light shines from behind it, it has a scary dead lady hanging from your ceiling on it. Is there anyone competent to hide a fog generator on a timer in your heating vent, and wake you up with a blood curdling scream at 2:14 a.m. That’s kind of vocational school scary. I guess anyone with the internet could do that. How about getting calls from your dead wife, but she’s not dead yet? It’s way more planning than I am willing to do, but I bet if someone coordinated a string of workplace coincidences, you could totally convice yourself that your dead wife was really calling from three days in the future, after you killed her, based soley on her knowing the things that are going to happen to you at work the next day. What I wouldn’t give to be chased by Pyramidhead.

I dunno though, that’s probably seasonal work at best. The rest of the time, the would probably put you to work planning carnival rides. Nobody is going to want to get an advanced degree in anything if it means they have to spend three quarters of their lives with carnies.

there are 4. We all know thier names.

Next up: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll tootsie pop?




Answer: two.

It was actually 3, or that is what the owl told me.

So you lied when you said there were 4!? That means you were trying to scare us, which means either you are one of the 3 or you are the 4th and suddenly realized you were outing yourself. Either way, your fear tactics have uncovered the truth of your identity.

As many as the murderous bastard currently in the White House needs there to be to further his political agenda, apparently.

I would pay to see this movie.

At the rate this board has been going, the terrorists will win in the end.

In the last five years, I’d say that estimate has gone up a bit…

…This follows a long line of fusion center and DHS reports labeling broad swaths of the public as a threat to national security. The North Texas Fusion System labeled Muslim lobbyists as a potential threat; a DHS analyst in Wisconsin thought both pro- and anti-abortion activists were worrisome; a Pennsylvania homeland security contractor watched environmental activists, Tea Party groups, and a Second Amendment rally; the Maryland State Police put anti-death penalty and anti-war activists in a federal terrorism database; a fusion center in Missouri thought that all third-party voters and Ron Paul supporters were a threat; and the Department of Homeland Security described half of the American political spectrum as “right wing extremists.”
The ACLU fusion center report and update lay out some good background on these issues, and the Spyfiles report describes how monitoring lawful dissent has become routine for police departments around the nation. Cato hosted Mike German, a former FBI counterterrorism agent and co-author of the ACLU fusion report at a forum on fusion centers, available here.