The recent Sikh temple shooting is an example of domestic terrorism of another kind. It’s not your stereotypical Islamic group but a disturbed US Army veteran, Wade Page.  It reminds me that we are fighting radicalism in the homeland as much as we are overseas.

Domestic Terrorism And The Lone Offender

From The FBI’s Website On Domestic Terror:

Nothing before or since has come close to the terror attacks of 9/11 in terms of lives lost, scope, and impact. And we know that al Qaeda led and inspired operatives still seek to strike our homeland – including with weapons of mass destruction. Which is why globally-fueled terrorism continues to occupy much of our time and attention these days.

And yet, as we were reminded by shootings in Kansas, Arkansas, and the nation’s capital over just 11 days this spring, the threat of domestic terror – Americans attacking Americans based on U.S.-based extremist ideologies – is alive and well.

A single individual driven to hateful attacks based on a particular set of beliefs without a larger group’s knowledge or support. In some cases, these lone offenders may have tried to join a group but were kicked out for being too radical or simply left the group because they felt it wasn’t extreme or violent enough. We believe most domestic attacks are carried out by lone offenders to promote their own grievances and agendas.

Admittedly, the FBI has a tough job.

You Can Help

Be alert to potential signs of domestic terror plots and planning and contact the FBI immediately with any information or leads.

This is the fastest way to look up local Field Office information, which all should have a phone number and are staffed 24/7.