Oregon Terrorism-Domestic Prosecutions for 2020

Number Year-to-date 78
Count Previous year 0
Percent Change from 5 years ago 7700
Percent Change from 10 years ago 7700
Count 20 years ago 0

Table 1: Criminal Terrorism-Domestic Prosecutions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2020 the government reported 78 new terrorism-domestic prosecutions in the district of Oregon. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number compares with no prosecutions during the previous fiscal year.

The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with terrorism-domestic-r offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (see Table 1).

Compared to five years ago when there was 1, the number of FY 2020 prosecutions of this type is up 7700 percent. Prosecutions over the past year are much higher than they were ten years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are up 7700 percent from the level of 1 reported in 2010.

The long term trend in terrorism-domestic prosecutions for these matters going back to FY 2000 is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1 represent the number of terrorism-domestic prosecutions of this type recorded each fiscal year. Each presidential administration is distinguished by the color of the bars. To view trends month-by-month rather than year-by-year, see TRAC's monthly report series for the latest data.

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Figure 1: Criminal Terrorism-Domestic Prosecutions over the last 20 years
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Figure 2: Prosecutions by Investigative Agency

Leading Investigative Agencies

The lead investigative agency for terrorism-domestic prosecutions through September 2020 was "Homeland Security - Other" accounting for 48.7 percent of prosecutions referred.

As shown in Figure 2, additional agencies with substantial numbers of terrorism-domestic referrals were: Justice - US Marshals Service (26.9%), "Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation" (17.9%), "Justice - Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (formerly Treasury)" (5.1%).

Top Ranked Lead Charges

Table 2 shows the top lead charges recorded in the prosecutions of terrorism-domestic matters filed in U.S. District Court during FY 2020.

Lead Charge Count Rank  
18 USC 111 - Assaulting, resisting, impeding certain officers 37 1 More
Federal Regulation 21 2 More
18 USC 231 - Civil Disorders 12 3 More
18 USC 844 - Explosives - Importation and storage of explosives 5 4 More
18 USC 871 - Threats against President and successors 1 5 More
18 USC 1361 - Malicious Mischief - Govrnmt property or contracts 1 5 More
Other US Code Section 1 5 More
18 USC 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud US 0 8 More

Table 2: Top charges filed

  • "Assaulting, resisting, impeding certain officers" (Title 18 U.S.C Section 111) was the most frequent recorded lead charge.

  • Ranked 2nd in frequency was the lead charge "Federal Regulation" under Title U.S.C Section.

  • Ranked 3rd was "Civil Disorders" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 231.

Report Generated: January 12, 2021
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