Colorado Cities Make Terrorism ‘Hot Spot’ List

From The Denver Channel. Feb 7, 2012:

Colorado Cities Make Terrorism ‘Hot Spot’ List

DENVER — Denver and Boulder counties and Littleton are included in a list of historic terrorism “hot spots” in the United States.

Yet, because the study doesn’t include foiled terrorism plots, it doesn’t list highly publicized arrests of individuals, like Najibullah Zazi, the Aurora airport shuttle driver convicted in a 2009 plan to use suicide bombers to attack the New York City subway, or Jamie “Jihad Jamie” Paulin-Ramirez, a pregnant Leadville mother arrested in Ireland in an alleged 2010 plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist whose work offended Muslims.

The study, Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States: 1970 to 2008, was released last week by the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

The study covering four decades categorizes attacks by ideological motivation, including attackers driven by left- and right-wing, religious, single-issue and ethno-nationalist/separatist agendas.

A majority of Denver’s 25 terrorism incidents occurred during the turbulent 1970s, including a 1975 bombing of the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission office by a shadowy leftist group, the Continental Revolutionary Army, that injured four people.

To explore individual Colorado terrorist attacks, search the Global Terrorism Database.

The only fatal Denver attack was the 1984 assassination of Jewish radio talk-show host Alan Berg by white supremacists.

In the current decade, all four Denver area attacks were environmentally motivated, including a 2010 arson fire that destroyed the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale and a string of arson attacks on sport utility vehicles in 2007.

Seven of the 10 total terrorist attacks in Boulder County were bombings and an arson fire committed by leftist groups in the 1970s.

The most recent incident was the 2000 torching of a $2.5 million Niwot mansion, in which the Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility.

The deadliest terrorist attack in Colorado was the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, in which two students killed 12 other students and a teacher and wounded 24 others before committing suicide.

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