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Washington D.C. Hit By Terrorist Attack!

An office building at 453 New Jersey Ave SE in Washington, D.C. was emptied when it became the target of a terrorist attack yesterday.

An envelope mailed to the building contained a white powder and a note reading, “Die a painful death, Muslims.” The building contains the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines terrorism as “the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion”.

Of all the journalists writing about this event, though, only one publication chose to refer to it as an act of terrorism: France 24 called it a “terror threat”. Other journalists described the attack as a reaction to terrorism rather than as an instance of terrorism.

Tal Kopan of CNN, for instance, wrote that “The evacuation comes amid rising tension in the U.S. over terror threats” – but never acknowledged that the evacuation was itself a terror threat. Instead, Kopan referred to the incident merely as “hate mail”.

The mail didn’t just express hatred, though. Hate mail might have said something like, “Muslims are vile dogs.” Instead, the letter described a “painful death” for Muslims, and contained a white powder.

In the past, envelopes with white powders containing deadly biological weapons or chemical weapons have been sent by terrorists. In this case, initial field tests indicate that the envelope did not contain any deadly materials. The point is, though, that the terrorist sought to create the impression that something like anthrax or ricin might be in the envelope, thus creating a threat of violence in the future. The attack thus instilled terror, for political aims, as a means of coercion. It was a death threat. It was terrorism.

What kind of person uses terrorism in response to terrorism?

Other acts of terrorism in the United States yesterday, none described by reporters as terrorism:

– a bomb threat in Cincinnati

Warren Central Junior High School was evacuated after it was discovered that a student had brought a bomb to school

– a pipe bomb exploded inside a home in Northfield, Vermont, injuring four people

Fairborn High School in Dayton, Ohio, was evacuated after receiving the threat of a bomb attack

14 thoughts on “Washington D.C. Hit By Terrorist Attack!”

  1. ella says:

    “What kind of person uses terrorism in response to terrorism?” J Clifford

    Normally governments use trained military forces to answer aggression/terrorism. Especially when all attempts at diplomacy fail. No true terrorist of the ISIL type would consider that ‘terrorism’, not even a credible threat. It would be considered weak and pathetic, just words on paper without even any toxic substance to back them up. That was an emotionally, desperate attempt to express an appalled view of people who casually butcher other human beings, by hand, while their victims helplessly kneel beside them. Lambs to to slaughter. Is that appalling enough? Terrorism would have been to go inside, find a Muslim (no matter how innocent) and hack his head off, while filming it and bragging about it, then sending the video worldwide on the Internet. You see, that is called revenge – in a terroristic manner. Of course there are other forms of revenge that come to mind. But usually that is left to the military. Let’s hope horrified people restrain themselves to this type of release.

  2. Marc Allan Feldman says:

    Although it is possible that this could be part of a “systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion”, I think the chance is very, very small.

    More likely possibilities include:
    1. A troubled pre-teen who wants to feel important.
    2. An insane individual acting out on his/her delusions.
    3. A false-flag by a CAIR supporter who wants CAIR to look like an innocent victim.

    I don’t see how any reasonable person would think that sending hate mail with fake poison would achieve anything. I am interested to see the results of the investigation.

  3. Frank says:

    Pointing at anti-Muslim events, which is the direct consequence of this absurd immigration policy, while ignoring the danger the West is implementing on its own population is idiotic. What about he OTHR sid intolerance, anti west rhetoric, support for Isis and Sharjia laws? Why don’t you point the anti-gay and anti-women rhetoric of the majority of Islamic followers Cliff! Do you have any notice f Christians going on a Muslim killing spree anywhere in the West? You miss the point: IT IS US under attack not them!! Count the times that Jews have been attacked with similar threats? One sided..liberal style.

  4. J Clifford says:

    Frank, how are terrorist attacks against American Muslims the direct consequence of any immigration policy? That makes no sense.

    How does bringing attention to people who are threatening “slow and painful death” to American citizens count as “ignoring the danger”?

    1. Frank says:

      What terrorist attacks towards American Muslims? Name one! AND I didn’t say “terrorist attacks” against Muslim..I am talking about animosity, backlash, anger towards a danger that is underestimated by half of “compassionate” and stupid America!!!And please spare me your PC BS! I don’t see the indignation when the Administration waters down surveillance programs on Mosques, or terror attacks keep happening on American and European soil. We didn’t have enough problems with OUR own crime rates..we had to grow our own Islamic terror plant!!! In regard to our immigration policy,sure it makes sense Cliff..it makes a lot of sens! Why do we have a clash of cultures then? Is this what you liberal mean for “cultural diversity”? Insane immigration policies that tries to integrate backward cultures in a modern civilized society? Can you turn people that are stuck in a medieval type of society and live in a theocracy into modern, peaceful, freedom loving American citizen? Are you fucking kidding ? See how well that is working!! Tell it to he victims of the Paris massacre or the last shooting! Ar you liberals insane? Self destructive? Suicidal? You know what s the problem..until YOUR people start dying, blown up or hacked in pieces or beheaded..you liberals won’t understand and continue in this insane self destructive path.

      1. J Clifford says:

        What terrorist attacks toward American Muslims? Name one?

        The firebombing of a mosque in Coachella, California today, Frank.

        http://www.kesq.com/news/possible-arson-fire-investigated-at-coachella-mosque/36918766

        You’re it.

        1. Frank says:

          …and that’s the “epidemic”…do you want the list of Islamic terrorists attack on US soil which got people murdered, Cliff the Denier? And what about the violent rhetoric that we see from Islamic followers all across the US and Europe in general? What about the hundreds of arrest made by the FBI of Isis sympathizers? We just had another Somali “refugee” arrested, recruiting for Isis. Another enrichment from the Somalian refugee community, courtesy of the US government. Wait until we get more enrichment with the Syrian ones! WHEN will you folks understand?

  5. J Clifford says:

    Frank, your paranoid babble is becoming difficult to decipher.

    What is an “Islamic terror plant”?

    Your policy analysis is warped and incoherent, suggesting that unspecified problems with immigration into the United States are somehow responsible for violence in Paris, France.

    Where is the epidemic of people in the United States “dying, blown up, hacked in pieces or beheaded”, Frank?

    An average of 2 people per year are killed by Muslim terrorists. TWO.

    Yes, Frank, I think that a problem of such a small scale does not justify the abandonment of the Bill of Rights. That’s the liberal position, and it’s in line with American legal tradition.

    When you call the simple maintenance of the Constitution of the United States of America an “insane self destructive path”, you just don’t make any sense, Frank.

    Those of us who pay attention to the actual facts, and not just to lurid tabloid TV news specials, know that the United States actually does not have many “problems with our OWN crime rates”. Both violent crime and property crime have decreased dramatically over the last 20 years.

    People like you have been shouting for years that the Muslims are invading America and are going to kill us all at any minute. Well, where is the invasion? I look out my window, and I don’t see any Islamic Army. If the danger is so real, and America has been ignoring it for far too long, then why aren’t we all dead yet?

    Your delusions of persecution would be laughable, if the assault upon American liberty that you prescribe were not so dangerous.

    I don’t know how you can promote fascist ideology in this way, Frank. If I ever caught myself repeating the kind of propaganda that comes out of your mouth, I would hang my head in shame.

    1. Frank says:

      Paranoid my ass, Cliff. People die because of liberal idiocy, and you are part of that apparently. My policy is warped and incoherent? Where? We have let Islamism to take a foothold in the West and this are the results! Did they integrate? NO! Did they accept Western values? NO. All we did is to create the premises for a civil/religious war in the likes of Yugoslavia! How stupid can you liberals be not to see it? Bill of rights or Constitution? Doesn’t apply to people that are NOT citizens. Therefore we CAN close the door. Spare me that crap. Maintenance of the Constitution? THE Constitution which liberals are shredding o pieces? The same Constitution that Obama wants to apply when is convenient to him? I AM paying attention to facts Clifford..the facts of 140 people massacred in Paris, the 14 in San Bernardino, 9/11, BostonMarathon bombing, Fort Hood, Charlie Hebdo and i can go on an on!! This is not the fucking Middle East and stuff like this should NOT be happening in our civilized West!!! People like you are the ones that refuse to see that we have a problem and then you have a President that refuses even to say “Islamic Terrorism”. Right after the massacre what have we seen? FEAR of backlash towards Muslims! Really? Fuck the victims? Are we just waiting for the next one? Gun control..really? It is ONLY gun control when Muslims kill but when a redneck does it is White Supremacy AND gun control!! It is true that we don’t have problem..yet! But do we need the problem? Look at Britain and France for God’s sake!! Aren’t we learning anything?
      Fascist my ass!! Fascist is the Islamic ideology and I don’t want it here or in Europe!!

  6. Frank says:

    Funny that you liberal fascists call conservatives fascist. While the people that follow an ideology that permits killing of gays, suppress women’s rights, promotes the extermination of Jews and the submission of whomever does not belong to Islam are welcome..unfuckingbelievable.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Who said we love Islamic fundamentalist ideas? We didn’t say that. You assumed that standing up for the rights of people equals supporting those people’s ideas. It doesn’t.

      1. Frank says:

        Then quit excusing Islam and quit bringing up non existent accusations of threats to Muslims. We, as civilization, are being very tolerant towards the intolerant.

  7. Leroy says:

    “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” – By Gerald Seymour in his 1975 book “Harry’s Game”

    Ironically a well known quote (this is THE source) from a story not about uncivilized Muslim terrorists but about a situation involving a very civilized Catholic of the Irish Republican Army assassin (terrorist). A British cabinet minister is killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) assassin, who then flees to Belfast, and then a civilized Protestant undercover intelligence agent (terrorist) is sent to track him down and assassinate him…

    “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

    Interesting quote.

    1. Frank says:

      ..with a difference..we have been so stupid to accept immigrants from Islamic Nations. We did it to ourselves.

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