What is terrorism?

I can’t get over the way the media portrays things to control the emotions of the general population.

One that has particularly bothered me is in relation to the man who crashed a plane into the IRS building in Austin to basically make a point. Most of the news articles about it have a statement that read something similar to: “The Department of Homeland Security said it did not believe the crash was an act of terrorism.” That sentence is from this article on Fox News. I don’t mean to rant twice in a row about Homeland Security (and maybe because of it, the FBI will come knocking on my door), but doesn’t the Dept on Homeland Security know the definition of terrorism? If not, they need to print it out and tape it to their computer monitors as a reminder.

Straight from dictionary.com:

   /ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm/ [ter-uh-riz-uhm]
1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

Just because this many was not an islanic extremist from the middle east does not mean this was not terrorism – they’re just trying to make people feel better. Maybe I’ll send the DHS a dictionary.

Regardless of the stupidity of people who have to cover and manage this awful situation, I feel terrible for the people who work in this building, their families, and people in Austin specifically who were affected by it. Someone died because this guy was a wacko. It’s so sad.


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