It’s Only Terrorism When They Are Muslim, Right?

Came across this interesting article today – I think it has a point.

“We classify these groups as violent and anti-government,” said Jim Cavanaugh, who supervises the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operations in portions of the South. Um, how about we classify them as Domestic Terrorists? 

Remember the story of the three Muslim men who were arrested because they bought cell phones? How many days of coverage did that non-story rate?  Now how much airtime has this story gotten?:

Birmingham (AL) News:

Simultaneous raids carried out in four Alabama counties Thursday turned up truckloads of explosives and weapons, including 130 grenades, an improvised rocket launcher and 2,500 rounds of ammunition belonging to the small, but mightily armed, Alabama Free Militia.

Six alleged members of the Free Militia also were arrested by federal authorities and are being held without bond.

Investigators said the DeKalb County-based group had not made any specific threats or devised any plots, but was targeted for swift dismantling because of its heavy firepower. The militia, which called itself the Naval Militia at one point, had enough armament to outfit a small army.

We classify these groups as violent and anti-government,” said Jim Cavanaugh, who supervises the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operations in portions of the South. “They stockpile things and live off a fear, a paranoia they’re going to need weapons and explosives because some event is going to happen when they will need them.”

Um, how about we classify them as Domestic Terrorists?  I don’t know about you but violent, paranoid and heavily armed people near me would be terrifying.  As Barbara at Mahablog says, it’s a real relief to find out these guys aren’t Muslims, huh? Otherwise they might be dangerous or something.

Just to muddy the waters even further as to who is and who isn’t a terrorist, the US released suspected Cuban airline bomber Luis Posada Carriles and refused to extradite him as requested to Cuba or Venezuela where he is to stand trial for the deaths of the 73 people on board because….wait for it…the 79 year old will certainly be executed for his role in terrorist acts.

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One Response

  1. “They stockpile things and live off a fear, a paranoia they’re going to need weapons and explosives because some event is going to happen when they will need them.”

    They are hardly terrorists if they had/have no active plan to strike out against the government. They sound like your typical garden variety militia-types that simply want to be prepared should the government go tyrannical.

    Unlike terrorists, they don’t want to strike out against innocent civilians (since such are much easier targets), they simply desire to be prepared for the day their government no longer protects their rights and shows up for their guns. These guys usually cause no trouble for their neighbors or even the local sheriff. The only people who seem bothered by them are the federal agents who show up at their door to present warrants.

    These two things make them largely different from those we currently dub terrorists. They also provide a rational and valid reason for the distinction between an anti-government group and a terrorist group.

    Thus far the only terrorist act any one of these numerous militia groups in the U.S. has pulled off was the Oklahoma City bombing.

    I am a lot more worried about the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements than the survivalists and the militia groups.

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