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The movie Survivor claims in the credit scene that

SINCE 9/11, AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS STOPPED 53 TERRORIST ATTACKS IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE

Is this true?

  • Note: I am self answering because this is the best answer I found, however I have a hard time believing such a claim would be totally and entirely incorrect... normally they can be biased or selective, but this was bad enough that I wanted to get a second opinion. – David Mulder Aug 29 '15 at 14:01
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    A couple of interesting question to ask yourself when you see that kind of statistic are (a) how many of these would have been consider undistinguished criminal behavior in the pre-911 era and (b) how many of these only approached operational status with the help and support of law enforcement plants. Neither of these questions render the behaviors OK, of course, but they cast light on the way these actions are being used to justify all kind of law enforcement policies which might have been resisted in the last century. – dmckee Aug 30 '15 at 1:14
  • @dmckee Totally true, but even within the new definition of terrorist attacks the cited statistic seems... very odd. – David Mulder Aug 30 '15 at 2:00
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Searching around for 53 terrorist attacks led me to this article by The Heritage Foundation:

At least 53 publicly known Islamist-inspired terrorist plots against the U.S. have been thwarted since 9/11. Of these, 13 have involved New York City as a target, second only to domestic military targets, showing that terrorists continue to seek to strike at the heart of the U.S.

So for the claim to be true since 2012 when the article was written at least 40 terrorist attacks in NYC had to be thwarted, which seems unlikely enough to deem the claim false.

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    Alternately, this implies that the Heritage Foundation pulled the number 53 out of a hat at some point in 2012 , then kept using it as a talking point without ever doing any fact checking, and the people behind Survivor just went with it. – Shadur Aug 31 '15 at 13:26

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