18 January 2017 Does terror come in variety?



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Anna Heider

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Mrs. Mlinek

18 January 2017

Does terror come in variety?

The war on terror has been a long one, and certainly full of controversy. Some have criticized the issue as being overtly racist, while others stress the extremity and their own concerns about the future of Western society.

Most notably, while there were zero terror attacks on U.S. soil by Islamic extremists between June 2, 2009 and April 14, 2013, there were eight attacks by right-wing extremists in that time frame. The deadliest of those attacks was the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin in 2012, which left six dead and four wounded. But between 2001 and 2009, there were ---- Islamic terrorist attacks….

Since the Bush Administration, there were the twin towers, the coordinated hijacking of four U.S. commercial airliners by 19 al-Qaeda affiliates resulted in the death of 2,996 people, making it the deadliest act of terrorism ever committed. From September to November 2001, anthrax-tainted parcels mailed to Congressmen and journalists led to the death of five people. The message included in the letters read, in part, “Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is Great.” These deaths are the first known in the United States from a biological agent.

In Tampa, FL, on January 5, 2002, fifteen-year-old Charles Bishop stole a single engine airplane and crashed it into the 28th and 29th floors of the local Bank of America building. Although Bishop wrote a suicide letter sympathetic to the 9/11 hijackers, the Global Terrorism Database notes his mental state may prevent this incident from being considered terrorism proper. Luckily, Bishop was the only person who died in the incident.

At the ticket booth, Hesham Mohamed Ali Hedayat began shooting randomly while standing in line at the Los Angeles International Airport. Two innocent people were killed and an investigation found that Hedayat was motivated by his religious and political beliefs.

Naveed Afzal Haq forced his way into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and killed one of the women working there on July 28, 2008. The Global Terrorism Database includes this incident in its database, but it actually has reservations over calling it terrorism proper, as it notes.

Under the Obama administration, beginning in January of 2009, there were more attacks something something.

Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot and murdered one soldier, Army Pvt. William Andrew Long, and injured another, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, at a military recruiting station in Little Rock. Muhammad reportedly converted to Islam in college and was on the FBI's radar after being arrested in Yemen–a hotbed of radical Islamic terrorism–for using a Somali passport, even though he was a U.S. citizen. In a note to an Arkansas judge, Muhammad claimed to be a member of al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, the terror group's Yemen chapter.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot up a military base in Fort Hood and murdered 14 people. Hasan was in contact with al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the attack and shouted "Allahu Akbar!" as he fired upon the soldiers on the Fort Hood base. After being sentenced to death, Hasan requested to join ISIS while on death row. It was declared as a terror attack six years later.

In Boston, 2013, Tamerlan and Dhozkar Tsarnaev set off two bombs at the 2013 Boston marathon, killing three and injuring over 260 people. The Tsarnaev brothers later shot and murdered Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier. The Tsarnaev brothers were self-radicalized through online jihadist propaganda and through a mosque with ties to al-Qaeda.

In Moore, Oklahoma, 2014, Alton Nolen beheaded a woman, Colleen Huff, at a Vaughan Foods plant and stabbed and injured another person. While Nolen's motives are unclear, he appears to have been another radicalized Muslim who was obsessed with beheadings.

In Queens, New York, 2014, Zale Thompson, another self-radicalized Muslim, injured two police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead by other cops. Thompson reportedly indoctrinated himself with ISIS, al-Qaeda and al-Shabab–a Somali jihadist terror group–websites and was a lone wolf attacker.

In Brooklyn in 2014, Ismaayil Brinsley shot and murdered two police officers execution-style and his Facebook page featured jihadist postings and had ties to a terror-linked mosque.

In Garland, Texas, 2015, two gunmen shot up the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, where a Mohammed cartoon contest was taking place, and were killed by a police officer. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2015, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four Marines and a sailor at a military base in Chattanooga and was believed to have been inspired by ISIS.

In San Bernardino, 2015, two radical Islamists, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, shot and murdered 14 people and injured 22 others at an office holiday party.

Anna,


I’ll be honest: I’m sort of confused. This was set up as something that explores terrorism beyond Islamic extremism. All these attacks were mentioned in your outline, but you also mentioned the numbers related to white terrorists in that draft. And then, for this draft, you set it up as if you’re going to explore the idea of terrorism being a diverse problem, even saying that there were 0 attacks in America between June 2009 and April 2013 by Islamic extremists versus 8 right-wing attacks. Then the next three pages are solely about Islamic extremist terror attacks. It’s a pretty big shift and now I’m not quite sure what your angle is for this article. Do you intend to talk just about these attacks? Or do you want to talk about right-wing terror attacks? Also, how do you plan to conclude this? There are still no interview questions, so what do you plan on asking to get testimony?

Megan


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