Special Agent Reinhold Needs to Call It Terrorism

Soft-spoken with a sense of humor and if not quite local, he did go to high school in the Chattanooga area. He’s 24 and owns his own house, valued at $206,000 which is not bad for a young adult just two years out of UTC with a degree in engineering. And he’s almost certainly now an IS-inspired killer, with 4 Marines dead at a Navy recruiting center as a result of his hate-filled shooing spree. Bill Killian, the Eastern Tennessee DA stated clearly “We are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism.” The facts line up squarely behind the DA’s position with recent IS calls through social media asking for lone crazies to attack military facilities in America and elsewhere to coincide with Ramadam.

But not so fast, according to the FBI. Special Agent Ed Reinhold seems to think that Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez may have committed a criminal act and not an act of domestic terrorism. That, of course, implies a very different way of sorting through the information that has been furiously gathered in the minutes and hours since the shooting. If you have a criminal act, the connecting dots look a whole lot different than if you have a terrorist act. It seems absurd for Special Agent Reinhold to show caution and hesitate to call the shootings what they clearly were. As an FBI officer he will be one of those who will have to piece together who Abdulazeez really was, who he knew, and if he might have any collaborators. And he will have to do it in a very short period of time.

How to put together an effective policy against IS lone wolf shooters is an almost impossible task, but it will have to be made more possible than currently seems to be the case. There is no other choice. And quick reactions - like those of French police in the shootings in Paris - is part of that strategy. That clearly means modifying the analysis minute by minute as the data comes in, but it also means stating clearly what is obvious: Abdulazeez performed a terrorist act, and not a mere criminal act. Deliberately targeting members of the military at two separate locations cannot be classified as anything else.

Posted by Keeley at July 17, 2015 7:07 PM
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Pretty funny that someone would buy into the FOX News misdirection and pretend this is actually an issue. FOX is absolutely desperate to deflect attention from Donald Trump. They will not report on what is happening. Instead, they are pushing an O’Keefe style edited video to attack Planned Parenthood, and wondering why no other major news outlet will pay attention. The answer is simple: no legitimate news organization will accept an edited video without seeing the original, and the makers will not provide it. We’ve seen this before, and no one is buying it. Except FOX.

Another attempt at misdirection is anything surrounding the shooting a five serviceman a while ago. Was it terrorism? Probably. Possibly not. But no one really cares, because a nut murdered five serviceman, and really, that is that. Was he mentally ill? An ISIS wannabe? Both? Doesn’t matter. It just isn’t much of a story.

But Trump is absolutely killing it, and he vaulted to a double digit lead in the polls. And he is launching attacks at almost every other presidential candidate, and absolutely crushing them.

The GOP encouraged his Birtherism, they chased his endorsement, they begged him for political contributions, they said little when he spouted ugly racial comments and even supported him, and now conservatives own him. A nine billion dollar chicken has come home to roost.

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