American citizens are participating in terrorist activities as members of al Qaeda and are likely to continue to do so in the future, according to a new study by the Henry Jackson Society.
“Future attacks against the American homeland will be less organized, less complex—they’re just going to be more numerous, and more likely to be conducted by citizens and long-term residents of the United States,” former CIA and National Security Agency director Ret. Gen. Michael Hayden said during an event launching the study at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Tuesday.
The study, “Al-Qaeda in the United States,” examined “171 individuals who were convicted for al-Qaeda related offenses (AQROs) or committed suicide attacks between 1997 and 2011,” according to its summary.
Al Qaeda related offenses were broken into 10 categories, including “Material Support,” “Kill, Kidnap, Maim or Injure,” and “False Information.”
“The majority of the threat was from the U.S.,” said study author Robin Simcox. “Fifty-four percent were U.S. citizens.”
Thirty-six percent were born in the United States.