by Daniel Pipes
Thu, 3 Jul 2008

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In my column, “Which Has More Islamist Terrorism, Europe or America?” I show that “the Muslim per-capita arrest rate on terrorism-related charges in the United States is 2.5 times higher than in Europe.” I mentioned there a difference in the legal systems between the two continents that makes that ratio even higher but lacked the space to explain it. In brief, European laws make it much easier to arrest terrorism suspects than do the American ones. Consider two expert views on the topic:

Jeff Breinholt of the International Assessment and Strategy Center notes that the Europeans arrest terrorist suspects more freely because the U.S. constitutional tradition would not permit charging some of the persons for the conduct charged in Europe, while European anti-terrorism laws “are more expedient and give them broader ability to reach people who merely advocate violence or solidarity with terrorists.” Unlike Europeans, Americans “rarely play catch-and-release,” further skewing the numbers.