Really good article reading atm
“Did you know that Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the Arizona shooting spree that left six dead and 14 wounded, including the US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had speculated beforehand on YoutTube whether he would be labelled a “terrorist”?. He needn’t have worried. Loughner has yet to be described in such terms by the authorities or the media. “Loner?” yes. “Extremist” yes. Terrorist? No.
Most would agree that the use of violence against civillians for political purposes is a form of terrorism. Section 802 of the USA Patrio Act, passed by a Republican Congress the month after the attacks on the World Trade Center, explicitly expanded the term “terrorism” to include domestic actions that are “dangerous to human life” and are intended to “intimidate or coerce a civillian population”, “influence the policy of a government by intimidation” or “affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.
Isn’t the firing of a bullet into the head of an elected politicians in a public place covered by any, or all, of those criteria? Or does the suspect have to have an Arabic name to be classed as a terrorist now days?” Mehdi Husan