"Before 9-11, there was no comprehensive terrorism database..." In a presentation at the National Institute of Justice 2011 Conference, Gary LaFree discussed the Global Terrorism Database and top-line findings.
START's data on Al Qaeda quoted in several articles on the killing of Osama Bin Laden:
Following the September 1, 2010, hostage situation at the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, Maryland, START has compiled background information on terrorist activity in the District of Columbia and Maryland, media targets, and hostage situations in the United States.
HS Today Coverage: www.hstoday.us/content/view/14616/128/.
The PDF of the original report, released on September 2, 2010 is available here.
The accompanying press release is available here.
START's data on number of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil was used in the article, "The New Republic: Creating A No-Buy List For Guns".
START recently released a background report on terrorism in New York City, employing GTD data to reveal trends and historical information about patterns of attacks against New York. More information is available here..
START recently released a background report on the fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building. More information is available here..
START Director Gary LaFree was interviewed by the University of Maryland news network, Capital News Service, on domestic and religious terrorism in the U.S. in light of the recent case against the Colorado man up for charges for involvement in the attempt to bomb the New York subway system. See interview here, titled "Afghan Reaction".
START Director Gary LaFree was interviewed on Chicago Public Radio program Eight Forty Eight, discussing homegrown terrorism and its increasing salience, evident by the recent arrest of U.S. Citizen and Chicago resident David Headley and his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai Attacks. More information is available here..
In the wake of a fatal attack at Ft. Hood (Texas), editorial writers at the Washington Times used START's Global Terrorism Database to try to put the Ft. Hood events in context with other mass-casualty attacks that have occurred in the United States.
The full article from the November 13, 2009, issue of the Washington Times is available here.
GTD data on terrorist weapons use is cited in FBI Stays Alert, Works to Thwart Area Terrorism.
Gary LaFree, Director of START, discusses START as a Center of Excellence of the Department of Homeland Security and its recently updated Global Terrorism Database (GTD).
Listen to audio here: http://homestation.typepad.com/hlsinsideandout/ or here: http://www.start.umd.edu/start/media/GL_HSI&O_6-16-09.mp3
START's Global Terrorism Database (GTD) provides background data on attacks against religious and military targets in Terrorism Against Religious Targets in Perspective.
See also Article in Sindh Today
Sept. 11 looms large as the defining example of a terrorist attack on the United States, but it was one of more than 1,000 in recent years and a very atypical example.
START Director Gary LaFree cites data from START's Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and explains how Sept. 11 has fundamentally altered our perceptions of terrorism. See 9/11 'Misleads' Americans' View of Terrorism
See also article in Security Management.
In late April, the State Department issued its annual report on terrorist activity, "Country Reports on Terrorism 2008," which includes "An Academic's Perspective on Open Source Event Data," written by START Director Gary LaFree (page 351). A more comprehensive piece by Gary LaFree is included in the National Counterterrorism Center's (NCTC's) companion report (starting on page 72). In the NCTC report, LaFree provides additional comments on challenges and recommendations for measuring terrorism.
START Director Gary LaFree discusses the decentralization of terrorist groups and describes the challenges he faces in documenting attacks, specifically in Iraq, for the Global Terrorism Database "Al-Qaeda in 2009 An Expert Assessment"
Shortly after the Mumbai, India, terror attacks, an article from the December 15, 2008, issue of Newsweek, "No Fanning the Flames", relied upon data from the GTD to provide context on the frequency and impact of terrorist attacks in India since 1970.