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9/11.. 16 years later

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Professor Rob Alexander says people are more alert, but terrorism in general is no worse than it was 30 years ago. Professor Rob Alexander says people are more alert, but terrorism in general is no worse than it was 30 years ago.
Terrorist attacks come in all shapes and size and they aren't going away anytime soon. Terrorist attacks come in all shapes and size and they aren't going away anytime soon.

It's been 16 years since the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, but has the situation changed since 9/11? 

Although the United States has not seen another major attack by a foreign terrorist group since the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Professor Rob Alexander says people are more alert, but terrorism in general is no worse than it was 30 years ago.

"There is a certain perception that terrorism has gotten worse but it hasn't gotten worse around the world. When we look at all kinds of other events, I mean terrorism is a spectacle something that gets one load of reportage and because of that people think it's everywhere when it's really not everywhere so the concern is certainly there, but the reality is that terrorism actually is no more abundant today than it was 30 years ago yet it's in a lot of peoples minds," says Alexander.

According to CNN, since 2014 there have been six lethal Jihadist terrorist attacks in the U.S. killing a total of 74, but, those attacks were by American citizens and legal permanent residents, not by foreign terrorists- and local students feel that homegrown attacks are far more threatening.

"I think that the homegrown attacks are more dangerous than the foreign attacks because I think they're harder to see coming harder to spot and there is kind of a stereotype around what you think a terrorist would look like or where it would happen and what to expect so I think that there are more dangerous when they're homegrown because a lot of these but being done by people who don't fit the stereotype of terrorist," says Sarah Hasan, Political Science Major, ONU.

Alexander says terrorist attacks come in all shapes and size and they aren't going away anytime soon.

"When you look at terrorism as an issue it's like a shark attack, we think shark attacks are far more abundant than what they are but people are more likely to die from a falling airplane piece than they are from a shark attack but that doesn't get the media coverage, shark attacks do," says Alexander. 

"I don't think the terrorism is just going to end, I think we still got a bit to go," says Hasan.

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