Thank you to MDL for the corrections!
A terrorist attack struck our Marines at 8th & I. The attack was a letter filled with white powder, with 11 people taken to the hospital. 3 Marines have returned to duty, but there is not much more information available. This follows closely on the recent attack on Donald Trump, Junior’s wife by a domestic terrorist from Massachusetts. Last year a group of Republicans were attacked by Bernie Sanders-supporter, the domestic terrorist James Hodgkinson. From the NY Slimes:
Eleven people, including nine Marines, were being treated for injuries on Tuesday after an envelope carrying a hazardous but unknown substance was opened on a Virginia base down the street from the Pentagon, the authorities said.
Hazardous materials teams responded to the base in Fort Myer, Va., after two Marines who initially handled the envelope started having an unspecified physical reaction to the substance, said a military official familiar with the episode who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Many Americans will be shocked to learn that domestic terrorism did not start with lurid tales of Dick Cheney personally wiring WTC-7 with det-cord. There is a long history of it in the US. One could include the Boston Tea Party if one is so inclined, but Johnstons Archive starts with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14th, 1865. Rand describes domestic terrorism in this way:
Domestic terrorism involves violence against the civilian population or infrastructure of a nation—often but not always by citizens of that nation and often with the intent to intimidate, coerce, or influence national policy.
I went looking for lists of domestic terrorist groups in the US. The FBI has a list, but given the FBI could not find Parkland shooter Nickolas Cruz despite the wealth of tips and being the only person in Broward County with that name, or any evidence of Trump colluding with Putin to steal the 2016 election, I’m not so sure I trust their list. The Southern Poverty Law School’s list is beyond suspect, with its list being an act of domestic terrorism in and of itself. Listverse provides 10 groups across the spectrum, with the usual suspects. What ties the groups together is their shared philosophy. Even the so-called “right-wing” and “Christian” groups have only minute differences of thought and vision from so-called left wing and atheist groups. It’s the hell of micro-differences.
Homeland Security, after its weaponization against conservatives, military combat veterans and law-abiding citizens in 2009, provides some tips on domestic terrorism. A way to prevent terrorists is to harden the target. YOU ARE THE TARGET! Not schools, Marine barracks or baseball fields. The terrorist seeks to instill fear in your heart so they get their way. The Civilian Marksmanship Program is releasing 100,000 M1 rifles and up to 8,000 M1911 pistols. These will be sold after they go through inspection and rebuild as necessary. Terrorists very rarely strike hardened targets – that’s why the attack on 8th & I was surprising. While the press focuses on Trump’s tweets, there’s still a war going on.