Use, threats, or attempts to use weapons of mass destruction
James Medina, a homeless man living in South Florida, plotted with an FBI informant to bomb a Jewish community center.
About this database
This database of terrorism prosecutions and sentencing information was created using public records including three lists of prosecutions from the U.S. Department of Justice (from 2010, 2014, and 2015), court files available through the federal judiciary’s case management system, DOJ press releases, and inmate data from the Bureau of Prisons. For each defendant in the database, U.S. criminal code data related to charges has been categorized according to this legend.
Trevor Aaronson created the first iteration of this database as part of a project funded by the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Mother Jones magazine published that data in 2011, along with accompanying articles, in a package that is still available online.
Beginning in 2016, Aaronson and Margot Williams collaborated to update and expand the database, with a new emphasis to include Bureau of Prisons data because so many post-9/11 terrorism defendants had been released. The cases include any prosecutions after September 11, 2001, that the U.S. government labeled as international terrorism-related. The Intercept first published this database on April 20, 2017, and it was last updated on .
Database compiled by Trevor Aaronson and Margot Williams Data Visualization: Moiz Syed Developers: Akil Harris, Westley Hennigh-Palermo Editors: Sharon Weinberger, Andrea Jones, Roger Hodge, Eseosa Olumhense Additional Research: Alleen Brown, Malak Habbak, John Thomason Art Direction: Philipp Hubert, Soohee Cho Product Manager: LJ Ruell Research Director: Lynn Dombek Editor-in-Chief: Betsy Reed