Rep. Thompson Falsely Claims DOJ Pressed More Terrorism-Related Charges than Any Other Federal Crime

By Melanie Arter | July 11, 2013 | 3:03 PM EDT

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)

( – Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) on Wednesday falsely claimed that in 2009 alone, the Department of Justice charged more people with terrorism-related charges than any other crime.

“As a matter of fact, in 2009 alone, the Department of Justice charged more defendants with terrorism-related charges than any other federal crime,” Thompson said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the Boston marathon bombing.


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According to the FY 2009 U.S. Attorney’s Annual Statistical Report, U.S. attorneys’ offices filed 67,864 criminal cases against 89,633 defendants in United States District Courts during FY 2009.

Out of those, U.S. attorneys filed a total of 193 cases involving either terrorism, national security, or both against 311 defendants in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents 0.3 percent of the total criminal cases that year. (See p. 21 of the report)

Those cases included “international and domestic terrorism, terrorism-related financing, and terrorism-related hoaxes, as well as national security critical infrastructure cases – those cases brought to prevent or disrupt potential or actual terrorist threats where the offense conduct is not obviously a federal crime of terrorism. A total of 234 cases against 367 defendants were also closed in Fiscal Year 2009,” reads the statistical report.

In contrast, 27,508 immigration-related criminal cases were filed in 2009 or 40.5 percent of all criminal cases – the largest number of criminal cases compared to other categories, including violent crime, drugs, theft, civil rights prosecutions, organized crime, white collar crime, official corruption, regulatory offenses, and labor management.