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Are Americans more likely to be killed by vending machines than terrorist refugees?

The Financial Times did some analysis of Donald Trump's controversial immigration restrictions (which were claimed to be about protecting Americans from terrorism). They focus on analysing risk from ...
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Does America not lead the world in mass shootings?

According to an OpEd in the NY Post by John Lott and Michael Weisser that cites a report by the Crime Prevention Research Center, America doesn't lead the world in mass shootings. "Of the 86 ...
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Did toddlers with guns claim more American lives than terrorism in 2015?

The Economist isn't a fan of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. In an analysis of his ascendence to the Republican nomination they try to discern some of the factors. As part of their list of ...
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Are thousands of Islamic terrorists entering the United States?

In an interview with an Ohio television station, the 2016 Republican nominee for President said: when you have radical Islamic terrorists probably all over the place, we’re allowing them to come in ...
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Did 122 Guantanamo prisoners released by Obama return to the battlefield?

A recent tweet by Donald Trump says: 122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision! According to a ...
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Did this Twitter bot predict the Paris shootings 2 days before they happened?

A (now suspended) Twitter bot under the handle PZFeed Ebooks (@PZbooks) posted this tweet on November 11th, at 11:44 AM. Note the date carefully, that's November 11th, 2015. It reads: BREAKING: ...
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Was there a Bowling Green Massacre in 2011? [closed]

A number of news outlets are publishing claims by Kellyanne Conway that the Obama administration put a moratorium on refugee admissions following a "Bowling Green massacre" in 2011. However, I can'...
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Are right-wing extremists a bigger terrorist threat than islamic extremists in the USA?

The Cato Institute claims the following (my highlight): The ongoing controversy and litigation over the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” has reignited a debate that has raged since the 9/11 ...
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Did Hillary Clinton refuse to designate Boko Haram a terrorist organisation when the FBI, CIA and the Justice Department asked?

Tera Dahl at Breitbart writes: As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton refused to designate Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram in Nigeria, which was named the deadliest terrorist organization in 2015, ...
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Is this map of terrorist attacks in Europe accurate?

Recently this map of terrorist attacks in Europe went viral and was reposted many times in social media. Does it present actual data about terrorist attacks? Background: The map gained popularity ...
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Have there been more than 27,000 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11?

I was browsing a hashtag on twitter (#StepsToReverseClimateChange to hopefully find how I can help myself), and saw a post by someone with this image attached: The image reads: More than 27,000 ...
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Does this map show every car bomb explosion in Baghdad since 2003?

My friend shared this with me, from The AsiaN: A map of every car bomb explosions[sic] in Baghdad since 2003 Is this for real? Is there any evidence for this? Some other references: BBC: ...
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Does the TSA have a fail rate of 95% in breach tests?

Does the TSA fail at a rate of 95% at detecting (fake, "test") terrorists in breach tests, as reported in this news story? The best information that I have about this is a news report. Is there any ...
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Is the number of Muslims correlated with terrorist attacks?

As reported in The Guardian, the Australian TV host Sonia Kruger has recently kicked up a storm by claiming that There is a correlation between the number of people in a country who are Muslim and ...
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Were the Paris attackers youths from Syria?

Recently, Bill Nye was interviewed by Huff Post Live. In one excerpt of the interview he draws a line of causation from a water shortage in Syria to the November 2015 Paris attacks. He was transcribed ...
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Has ISIS and Al Qaeda sent out a message telling their terrorists to only attack white people?

Rush Limbaugh stated on the Rush Limbaugh show that ISIS and Al Qaeda sent out a memo to their people saying to not attack minorities, only white people. Their reasoning? If they kill minorities, ...
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Does mandatory registration of SIM cards reduce terrorism?

Like a number of other countries, Pakistan is no longer allowing the usage of unregistered SIM cards for mobile telephony: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9718441/Pakistan-...
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After 9/11 did the police find a fuel calculator with a copy of the koran belonging to one of the Hijackers?

The claim: The first breakthrough came for investigators within hours of the attack when a motorist contacted them to say he had been involved in a squabble with some Arabs in the car park of Boston'...
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Does Pakistan harbor terrorists?

In wake of the recent killing of OBL, Pakistan has been accused of supporting and harboring terrorists. Neighboring old-time foe India has long accused Pakistan of using terrorism as an instrument of ...
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Have the NSA spying programs stopped any terrorist attacks? [closed]

The government claims that these security programs are necessary for our safety, and have cited over 50 examples wherein terrorist plots were discovered and stopped due to this surveillance. However, ...
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Have six of the ten 9/11 commission members said that the US government was covering up something about the 9/11 attacks?

I often see claims like this repeated, "six out of the Ten 9/11 Comission members have gone on record since to admit there was a U.S. government cover-up." Any truth to it? This last time I saw it was ...
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Did Senator McCain ever meet ISIS leader al-Baghdadi?

Since last year I often see an image in both Twitter and Facebook claiming that Senator McCain once meet ISIS leader al-Baghdadi. The image is used as propaganda regarding the belief of some people ...
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Did family members of Osama Bin Laden get to leave America during the no-fly restrictions after 9/11?

Is there any proof that the family members of Osama Bin Laden got to leave America immediately following the 9/11 attacks, during the time when all air travel was banned? Or is this just unverified,...
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Has any immigrant from any of the countries named in Trump's executive order been guilty of terrorism on US soil?

President Trump has recently issued an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 ...
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Do gun homicides and suicides kill more Americans than war?

In a 2015 column in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof, the following two claims are made: More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides every six months than have died in the last 25 years in ...
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Are Muslims 25 times more likely to commit terrorist attacks within the United States than non-Muslims?

This article claims that Muslims are 25 times more likely to commit terrorist attacks than non-Muslims. Are the claims of the article at all accurate? In addition is the graph linked in the article ...
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Did the US Government invent ebola to test bioweapons in Africa?

It has been going around that the US government was responsible for creating Ebola in order to test their Bioweapons as stated by CBS news: The largest newspaper in Liberia published a conspiracy ...
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Is Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman double-amputee soldier Nick Vogt?

From 'Disgusting' Facebook group called 'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent' attracts more than 11,000 fans worldwide Others believe the iconic image of Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair, bloodied with his ...
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Did Turkish football fans shout “Allahu akbar” during a pre-match moment of silence for the Paris attacks?

Turkish fans were said to have whistled and shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is great) during a moment of silence for the Paris attacks during a Turkey-Greece friendly football match. The Daily Mail ...
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Internet Gambling Linked to Terrorist Financing?

Currently there is a debate in the United States over the legal status of Internet Gambling; specifically, playing Poker for "real money" over the Internet. Many of those who are opposed to Internet ...
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Were the majority of people at the Pulse nightclub killed by police?

At the MTV/BET town hall meeting a person mentioned that Police killed the majority of the people at pulse that night to which the moderators replied "hmmm". On the No Agenda Show, they've ...
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Is Turkey trading oil with Islamic State? [closed]

Russia claims Turkey is trading oil with Islamic State: Syria conflict: Russia accuses Erdogan of trading oil with IS (BBC News, 2 December 2015) Russia presents proof of Turkey’s role in ISIS oil ...
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Do terrorist organizations have “sleeper cells”?

A threat that has been talked about a lot recently is the concept of a terrorist sleeper cell: Terrorists leading normal lives integrated into society for years, sometimes decades, until one day, they ...
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Comparing deaths on American soil, from banned versus not banned countries

This image is circulating on the web. Is its figures for deaths on American soil at the hands of citizens of banned versus non-banned countries correct? Here's why Trump's Muslim ban makes ...
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Can photography be used for terrorism, and can restricting it reduce terrorism?

I'm seeing lots of claims that photography could contribute to terrorism, and photographers are being stopped on a regular basis in many more places than before, especially in the UK (see http://www....
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Were terror attacks proposed to gain political support for a war against Cuba?

Recently I've been seeing this image make its way around Facebook, So government orchestrating terror is a silly conspiracy theory? Please explain Operation Northwoods. I didn't think ...
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Have multiple intelligence services estimated that 15-25% of the Muslim population are “radical”?

In her recent response to a Muslim student (Saba Ahmed), Brigitte Gabriel has stated: There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world today. Of course not all of them are radicals. The majority of them ...
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Did the policeman in charge of the Charlie Hebdo investigation take his own life?

Conspiracy news site, YourNewsWire, posted an article claiming that Commissioner Helric Fredou, the French policeman investigating the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris last week, took his own life last ...
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Is Al Qaeda more likely to attack on anniversaries?

On Sep 8 2011 on CNN television, following President Obama's speech, a breaking news item was broadcast concerning a "New Terror Threat for 9/11 Anniversary." The news item claimed that "...
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Is viewing extremist material a terrorism offence?

In regard to the quote from the Metropolitan Police warning, is it an offence specifically under the terrorism legislation to watch a video? A Met police spokesperson "We would like to ...
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Do 42% of young muslims in France support suicide bombings?

In this youtube video, in the minute 2:20, the narrator gives some absurd-sounding statistics. After claiming that "21% of syrian migrants support ISIS", he says that "22% of young muslim migrants ...
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Is the hunt for Osama bin Laden responsible for the setback(s) in Polio eradication?

If you've seen the movie Zero Dark Thirty, you've seen how the CIA tried to ascertain the identity of Osama bin Laden by sending a doctor to the compound where bin Laden was suspected to be hiding. ...
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Islamic and non-islamic terrorism: casualties

I have seen many articles in favor of the idea that Islamic terrorism is not that dangerous compared to other types, like separatism. Like this. Many mention an FBI study which shows data only until ...
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Did the United States provide weapons to YPG members in 2015?

The People Protection Units or "YPG" are the main armed service of the Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava, and consist primarily of Syrian Kurds. The Turkish government consider the YPG ...
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Has the Eiffel Tower gone dark in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks?

From Paris under attack: Shootout and explosion in Paris Already the country is mourning the horrific night with the Eiffel Tower going dark as the nation will wake Saturday in a state of shock. ...
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Did the USA kill thousands of people between 2001 and 2013 using UAVs to inspire terror? [closed]

A few weeks ago I watched a documentation on French/German TV about UAVs (drones). In it an expert claimed that the USA used them to commit more than 1500 terror attacks in third party countries (with ...
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Did the US create ISIS?

I recently came across this post on my facebook frontpage: http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines-2015/alert-media-ignores-report-showing-pentagon-created-isis Now the post links to a multitude of other ...
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Did the US create and fund al-Qaeda? [closed]

There are many claims that the US created and funded the terrorist group known as "Al-Qaeda". [1] [2] [3] and so on... But how legitimate are those claims? Did the US really create al-Qaeda?
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Did Putin say that “to forgive the terrorists is up to God”?

Refer to the Fox News item here, Putin said that: To forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them to Him is up to me It seems that the only source I can trace to is a tweet from Remi ...
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Were 53 terrorist attacks thwarted in New York City since September 11, 2001 and June 2015?

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?