U.S. terror related deaths decrease since 2001

Caitlin Martin

American terrorism-related deaths have decreased over the past several years, according to a yearly report compiled by the U.S. Department of State.

In 2010, 15 private citizens were killed in terror-related incidents, half of the reported figures from 2002.

Reported deaths occurred in areas outside the continental United States, in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

While the U.S. has been relatively unscathed since Sept. 11, CSUN students said terror threats are still on their minds.

Psychology major Leslee Aguilar, 21, said CSUN’s close proximity to Los Angeles makes her even more concerned about attacks.

Other students worry more about leaving Southern California. Traveling inspires more concern than what might happen close to home.

“Travelling is what makes me nervous,” said Daniel Jhour, 19, CTVA major. “Flying isn’t my thing at all.”

Transportation systems have increased security, like full body scanners that allow safety agents to see hidden objects not strong enough to set off regular metal detectors. If travelers decline the scan, they are subjected to pat downs by TSA agents.

“I notice things a lot more (when I fly),” Jhour said.  “I think everyone does.”

The Department of Homeland Security has warned citizens of possible terror attacks since 2001, and students have acknowledged the reminders but recognize the need to live normally.

“I try not to focus on it,” said business major Christina Amoud, 20.  “If something happens I can’t control it anyway.”