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What exactly is domestic terrorism?

By GOPUSA Staff

It seems like a simple question. The United States government has a definition of what a domestic terrorist act is. It's pretty cut and dry. What's a little more complicated is how it's applied and which acts of violence are given the designation. It seems that if you are a general nutcase, you can be labeled a domestic terrorist... but if you are a Muslim and commit similar violence, you aren't... at least according to the Obama administration.

Fox News takes a look at four distinct events and reports on the incredible lack of consistency used in labeling an act as "domestic terrorism."

According to the Patriot Act, domestic terrorism is defined as an act of violence that is intended to "intimidate or coerce a civilian population, to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping."

So... what falls under this category?

According to the report, the shooting earlier in August at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin does. The shooting this week at the Family Research Council "is also being handled as an act of domestic terrorism, a source told Fox News."

But look at what is NOT being labeled as "domestic terrorism":

A recruitment center shooting in the summer of 2009 by a man who described himself as an operative for Al Qaeda in Yemen was not handled as a terrorism case. It was prosecuted in an Arkansas state court.

And the Fort Hood massacre in November 2009, when 13 were killed and more than 30 wounded, has never been described officially as an act of terrorism even though the alleged shooter shouted "Allahu Akbar," or God is great, when he opened fire.

"Now, you know, we can have really a legal discussion about whether it's a hate crime or an act of terrorism," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News. "I just wish there was some consistency here and certainly to me Fort Hood would be the classic case (of) what should be a clear case of terrorism."

Here's a video report:


Does it matter how an act of violence is labeled? It does when it means additional resources will be used to bring suspects to justice and to find out if others are involved. It also matters if politics and political correctness are being used to gloss over acts of violence that could be part of a trend or much larger plan.

What we should all be saying to the Obama administration is to forget about political correctness and fight terrorism! And yes... that even means going after al Qaeda and other Muslim extremists.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    August 17, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    At the rate we are headed into ‘a socialistic state’; the purveyors of communism / marxism have to use POLITICAL CORRECTNESS as the ax to cut down the tree of individualism / exceptionalism. Don’t say anything [you'll be deemed politically incorrect], don’t stand up for your values [you'll be deemed politically incorrect], and for heaven’s sake, don’t use the Bible [that is definitely politically incorrect]. I have lived through the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, 80′s and so on; the pressure to shut up and be silent has increased all along. I am tired of being told what I can and cannot say to pacify a bunch of left wing fringe nuts.

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    • Le SellersComment by Le Sellers
      August 17, 2012 @ 11:52 am

      I’m with you ’til the last sentence. They’re not left wing fringe nuts. The socialists in USmerica have gone so far, and dragged the other Democrats with them, that they are no longer “fringe”: they represent the center of their party.

      Mr. O’bama, where are the Jobs?

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  2. cynicalpeteComment by cynicalpete
    August 17, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    There also may be a situation of terrorism by government officials such as seizing private property or police terrorism when a freeloading detective decides to destroy one individual on a personal vendetta basis. There is no accountability of the higher echelons of police authority. Many law abiding citizens have been destroyed by social services by false accusations in bitter divorce proceedings or other civil actions.

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    • thecitizenComment by thecitizen
      August 18, 2012 @ 1:50 am

      It isn’t just higher echelons. A rookie cop or a trainee bureaucrat in any agency can wield the entire weight of the govt directly at – you.

      By the time all is said and done, even if you do prevail legally you’re very apt to be in the poor-poor house when you’re finished.

      EVERY govt functionary knows this and they know you know it! They can literally bludgeon you into almost any compliance with this unspoken threat.

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  3. oldtimerepublicanComment by oldtimerepublican
    August 17, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Political Correctness = Communism

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  4. elderalComment by elderal
    August 17, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    If an ethnic &/or religious minority does a horrific act, it is simply a crime, to be justified away by the social pressures that they have had to endure. If a white Christian commits a similar act, that is terrorism and a valid reason to rescind the Second Amendment.
    I know this because the major media outlets told me so and they would never mislead anyone.
    Right?

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      August 17, 2012 @ 10:52 am

      A white man shoots a black man who is attacking him … it’s 2nd degree murder.
      A black man shoots a man (black or white) for any reason … it isn’t even reported.
      A ‘white’ church gets burned down … it’s arson.
      A ‘black’ church gets burned down … it’s a hate crime.
      A shooter opens fire in a Christian church … it’s a hate crime.
      A shooter opens fire in a Sikh temple (or a mosque) … it’s domestic terrorism.

      Forget ‘double standard’. There appears to be NO standard at all.

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    • swizard101Comment by swizard101
      August 21, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

      Or if it is a standard at all, it is only the stanard-du-jour (or what is the french word for minute so I could have said stanard-du-minute with only french?)

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  5. cgretiredComment by cgretired
    August 17, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Why it’s a “man caused disaster” or some such bullpucky. I really hope we get rid of these characters in November and put sanity back into Government.

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    • kelstepheComment by kelstephe
      August 17, 2012 @ 10:38 am

      There will never be sanity in Government. And if we don’t get rid of these bums in November, Im afraid we will all lose our sanity. And our freedom.

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  6. JimRedComment by JimRed
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Domestic terrorism is the deliberate destruction of the U.S. economy by the current regime, so they can impose their preferred blend of Marxism and fascism.

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  7. sunnybluesComment by sunnyblues
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    That last paragraph said it all. Political correctness has ruined our country’s ability to call a spade a spade. This Fort Hood terrorist should have been shot and killed on the spot. Since he wasn’t he should have been tried immediately and made an example of to the world that we do not put up with attacks on our homeland and especially our military. Because of ‘political correctness’ we have become weak, afraid to offend, and therefore ineffective in dealing with what is wrong in our country.

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  8. yourworstnightmareComment by yourworstnightmare
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    The author quotes: “According to the Patriot Act, domestic terrorism is defined as an act of violence that is intended to “intimidate or coerce a civilian population, to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.”

    According to this definition, assasinating a doctor who performs abortion is domestic terrorism, but the killers have never been prosecuted as terrorists, either.

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  9. malcolmxComment by malcolmx
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    domestic terrorism is what ever obumbler/holder/napolitos want’s it to be.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 17, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      “. . . but if you are a Muslim and commit similar violence, you aren’t… at least according to the Obama administration.”

      This is just another example of Obama’s partiality to Muslims. He admitted that he would always come down on the side of the Muslims, so we shouldn’t be surprised.

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    • CarmineComment by Carmine
      August 17, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

      That’s because he is a Muslim. He said so himself on several occasions.

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  10. malcolmxComment by malcolmx
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    these minority rulers America has is the epitome of a cross section of the black culture;; their BUZZ WORDS and rules change as they go from one disaster to the next;; they have no SOLID CORE and mercury runs every where when left uncontrolled.

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  11. malcolmxComment by malcolmx
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    disaster [sorry]

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  12. agbjrComment by agbjr
    August 17, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Through Eric Holder’s Justice Department and Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security the Obama Administration has made quite clear exactly what they consider the mark of a domestic terrorist. The signs are: displaying the US flag on your home, abiding and honoring the Constitution, supporting private enterprise, renouncing oppressive tax rates, upholding states’ rights, speaking your own mind publicly and not giving a damn who is “offended”, membership in private social and community organizations that do not embrace the liberal definition of political correctness, practicing and evangelizing your personal faith and religious beliefs, demanding only truth be taught in public schools … in other words the Judeo-Christian values upon which the United States was founded. So by definition of the Obama Administration and compliant socialist media if you exercise your God-given and Constitutional rights as an American citizen you are officially a domestic terrorist.

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  13. OldpatriotComment by Oldpatriot
    August 17, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Why any active military personnel, on any US military base, are not allowed to be armed while on duty is beyond me. Hasan could have been stopped cold. This PC garbage has to go.

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    • Le SellersComment by Le Sellers
      August 17, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

      Your observation is spot on.

      This proves that disarming people will never protect anyone, anywhere.

      Hassan (I cannot bear to call him “Major”) was just as much restricted from carrying his weapon as the soldiers there that day, but he didn’t obey the law while they did. They’re dead, he’s still alive.

      Criminals don’t obey laws. That’s seemingly too complex for gun-grabbers to grasp.

      Mr. O’bama, where are the Jobs?

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  14. jdb121Comment by jdb121
    August 17, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Domestic terrorism is the illegal actions of adherents to diverse belief systems. If and since we tolerate diverse belief systems which have opposing values, we live with a sense of uncertainty regarding the possibility of domestic terrorism.
    In making decisions concerning it, we need to consider the statistics which support the probability of it. Counting the dead is one way of doing that. Determining which groups are engaged in it is another way to do that. Deliberation about what to do about it causes attrition and can be demoralizing.
    These are factors that ought to be taken into consideration when deliberating. “Patience is a virtue”…..

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    • Le SellersComment by Le Sellers
      August 17, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

      You cannot possibly be advocating, gasp!, logic!?! Good grief, man! That’s ethnic profiling, and we cannot, CANNOT, I say, tolerate that!

      (Note for the sarcastically challenged: this is sarcasm.)

      Mr. O’bama, where are the Jobs?

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  15. Connor VlakancicComment by Connor Vlakancic
    August 17, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    “intimidate or coerce a civilian population,…” Oh yes, domestic terrorism therefore (∴) includes candidate Obama’s election campaign propoganda!

    Have a nice day :-)

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  16. slickzipComment by slickzip
    August 17, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    ODUMBA loves his muslim terrorist brothers ,,,,,,,,

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  17. Robert DunganComment by Robert Dungan
    August 17, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Domestic Terrorism Law and Definition should include any acts, by the Employees (contract or Payroll)of any Government Agency or Activity, which violate Constitutional Rights through abuse of Civil or Military Authority against U.S. Citizens. There should be an non-usurpable requirement for Immediate Review by a Citizens Review Board, comprised Of Non-Civil Servant and/or Non-Military Persons, elected by popular vote in each community, of allegations made by simple petition from the citizens of a community, of Abuse Of Civil Authority/Terroristic Acts By Agency, Bureau, Office, or Military Personnel. This approach should require uneditable and real-time Social Media video documentation of all complaints and responses. Every Person who is questioned, detained, arrested, or otherwise contacted by any Civil or Military Employee, and presenting reasonable evidence or proof of abuse by such personnel, should be immediately provided with an in-person review by a Citizens Review Board comprised of Non-Government Employee Citizens who reside in the area where the event occurs. Until these out-of-control activities carry a real and immediate requirement of thorough investigation by Citizen Peers of the complainants, with an absolute requirement of Termination and Imprisonment of the Perpetrators, This **** is only gonna get worse.

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  18. Robert DunganComment by Robert Dungan
    August 17, 2012 @ 12:21 pm
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  19. swizard101Comment by swizard101
    August 17, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    Domestic Terrorism is no different than any terrorism other than geography. Terrorism is any act whose intent is to coerce conformance to the demands of the actor, or to punish those who do not conform to the demands of the actor, outside of declared war between two opposing powers.

    That is it in the very broadest and generic form. It cannot be stated any more concisely. It need not be stated any more specifically or narrowly to exempt something that fits that definition.

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    • swizard101Comment by swizard101
      August 17, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      Note: in the above definition I intentionally omitted saying that those demands needed to be communicated. Even if those demand are unstated, but motivating within the thoughts of the actor, they are demands from his perspective.

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  20. pd1854Comment by pd1854
    August 17, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    They need to shave this clown shave his *** and put him on trial cause this is an act of terrorism cause it was agains’t our military.To me it doesn’t matter how Obama or Napolitano or Holder phrase it.Time to show these groups we mean business.

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  21. horaComment by hora
    August 17, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    Domestic terrorism,is what Dems and liberals use today,is will doing any thing for win.I can predict easy,Dems is will loose and will denie a number againt and claim is was won and denie leave a White House.A communist confederates don’t accept to loose,because after is will come a sweet revenge.But basic domestic terrorist is when try stop anything with any power and way.See for years we eject in a Congress a a horror dream act,and a mad guy impose with power who no have,impose againt we wishes,or we try stop a fraude with vote and fast Dems are thare with lie try a stop.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      August 17, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

      Say What???

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  22. greenteethComment by greenteeth
    August 17, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    Want a prime example? watch the president, and listen to the media.

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  23. joejacksonComment by joejackson
    August 18, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    If the Ft. Hood Muslim terrorist killer is not a “domestic terrorist” the words have no meaning. Our politically correct lamestream media cannot tell us what is and is not the meaning of “domestic terrorist” because of their unchained bias. I await what the Family Research council terrorist is called.

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  24. swizard101Comment by swizard101
    August 21, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    Somebody needs to register the name of a new religion as the Tea Party Faith, so like Muslim cannot be tied to the word terrorist, at least there will be one more reason to rebut putting Tea Party and Terrorist into the same phrase.

    Or we could simply reject even more vocally than now this stupidity of avoiding putting Muslim and Terrorist into the same sentence. How can even the Muslims argue that most Muslims love peace, when they object to differentiating the good ones from the terrorists in very precise statements that enter into public discourse? When they force us, through their shills in the white-lib party, to lump all the good and the bad Muslims into one homogeneous term “Muslim” they in fact get something quite opposite of intended, they get the word Muslim to be associated in daily discourse with the more visible “bad” adherents. Why is that so? Take a look at the news in general. Daily discourse rarely focuses on all the good people out there doing commendable things every day. News and the discourse of news predominantly focuses on the undesired aspects of every day events. Thus if every day events more often discuss some act of a bad Muslim (bad in the sense of doing illegal things) and all we here is Muslim and not Muslim Terrorist, it will soon be that the term Muslim means bad guy because there is nothing in the discourse to keep the bad side isolated from the good side.

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