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Lies, Damn Lies, and TEVUS: Evaluating the Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States Database

This study is the result of a project to review carefully the federally funded Terrorism and Extremis Violence in the United States (TEVUS) Database and Portal.

The findings include that TEVUS characterizes Islamist high-fatality events as hijackings, hostage takings or armed assaults rather than homicides, including the 9/11 jihad attacks that led to 3,000 total deaths, leaving a towering 89% of events categorized explicitly as “Homicide” in TEVUS with Right-Wing ideologies listed for them, even though the Islamist 9/11 dominates the actual body count of terrorism.