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DHS Ties Arizona Attack to “Lone Wolf” Terrorism
January 11, 2010
The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sent a bulletin to local law enforcement after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot in Arizona last week. The bulletin, issued Saturday night, provided information about “lone wolf” attackers, according to Fox News.
“We have seen an increase in the lone wolf type attacks, which, from a law enforcement and investigation perspective, are the most challenging,” DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said earlier this year. “Why? Because by definition they’re not conspiring. They’re not using the phones, the computer networks, or any — they’re not talking with others any other way that we might get some inkling about what is being planned.”
The government has characterized Joseph Andrew Stack, John Patrick Bedell, Johnny Lee Wicks, and others as lone wolf attackers. Stack allegedly plowed a small aircraft into an IRS officle building in Austin, Texas. Bedell, described as a mentally ill marijuna user, opened fire outside of the Pentagon in March. Johnny Lee Wicks was killed at federal courthouse in Las Vegas after his Social Security check was reduced.
In 2009, a DHS document, “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” was leaked to the media. “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks,” the report concludes (emphasis added).
Michael Leiter, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, recently told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the prospect of lone wolf attacks keep him awake at night, according to the Chicago Tribune. Lee Hamilton, the former chairman of the 9/11 Commission, told the Committee “that the lone wolf terrorist has become a major threat and concern to the country.” Leon Panetta, the current director of the CIA, expressed similar concerns. “It’s the lone wolf strategy that I think we have to pay attention to as the main threat,” he said. The former Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid, also told the Homeland Security Committee that his “greatest concern” is the lone wolf.
Jared Lee Loughner was not associated with a terrorist group. His behavior prior to the attack is that of a mentally ill person, not an ideologically motivated terrorist. In the wake of the attack, the corporate media has attempted to portray him as rightwing and sympathetic to the Tea Party. Following the attack, it was revealed that Loughner is at best a liberal who describes himself as a homosexual. News reports indicate he kept an occult shrine in the back yard of his parent’s home in Tucson.
On Sunday, Fox News reported on a a law enforcement memo based on information provided by DHS attempting to link Loughner to American Renaissance, described as a white supremacist organization that Loughner allegedly mentioned in some of his internet postings.
The latest information released by the Department of Homeland Security reveals that the mega-agency created following the attacks of September 11, 2001, is still attempting to spin the Loughner story and attach political motivation to acts that were clearly carried out by a mentally ill person.
The government and the DHS have loaded the term “lone wolf” with political connotation. It now brings to mind al-Qaeda miscreants in turbans, white supremacists, and anti-tax activists.
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