Presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney has joined a growing group of researchers and policymakers who have utilized the Terrorism Knowledge Base in their work.
The database, found online at www.tkb.org, is a project of Oklahoma City’s Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.
Romney is polling strongly in the GOP race to succeed President George Bush. The Massachusetts governor utilized TKB’s data during a speech to the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum.
In Romney’s presentation on his Global Initiative for Values and Freedom recently, he cited the database’s figures tabulating terrorist attacks and where they have occurred since the end of the Cold War.
According to MIPT, in May TKB site usage hit an all-time high, with more than 130,000 visits during the month.
Additionally, an MIPT survey of TKB site users from May 23 to June 18 showed U.S. government personnel frequently used the site, as did state and local first responders. The biggest single user was the Department of Homeland Security, with 31 percent of users.
Take a look at the survey here.
The site is really coming into its own, and has obviously caught the attention of those in government and law enforcement. Oklahomans can be proud they have a well-regarded resource such as MIPT located here.