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Shootings Show Threat of 'Lone Wolf' Terrorists

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WASHINGTON - An elderly man enters a crowded museum carrying a rifle and begins shooting. A young man in Arkansas pulls the trigger outside a military recruiting office. Another man opens fire in a Kansas church.

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Dee C (23)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 8:26 am
"Three chilling, unconnected slayings in less than two weeks. One gunman was a white supremacist, one a militant Muslim, one a fervent foe of abortion.

Each suspect had a history that suggested trouble. Each apparently was driven to act by beliefs considered by some as extreme. Each shooter fits the description of a "lone wolf" terrorist, a killer whose attack, authorities say, is harder to head off than if planned by a trained terrorist network.

"It could be anyone. It could be the guy next door, living in the basement of his mother's place, on the Internet just building himself up with hate, building himself up to a boiling point and finally using what he's learned," said John Perren, head of the counterterrorism branch at the FBI's Washington field office.

Perren described the difficulty of hunting a lone wolf suspect in an interview with the Associated Press just two days before white supremacist James von Brunn allegedly shot and killed a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

"The lone wolf is what concerns the Washington field office, what concerns the FBI the most," he said.

Von Brunn had a criminal record and a Web site preaching virulent racism. Yet authorities say it is difficult to predict when someone will put down a laptop and pick up a gun."

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Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Sunday June 14, 2009, 11:57 pm
And the fear mongering continues......This is nonsense. Two of them had no legal right to have a firearm and one was an actual terrorist trained overseas. Apparently the FBI, in being unable to do their job has now decided to scare us into being afraid of "anyone. It could be the guy next door, living in the basement of his mother's place, on the Internet..."
I wonder why?

Doug Wilson (30)
Monday June 15, 2009, 4:13 am
We as the actual nation would do well to drop the word terror from our vocabulary. It is nonsense. It shows how easy it is to manipulate people. People have always killed people. People have always been haters, lovers, givers and takers. Nothing new, nothing has changed. We've got something mixed up in this country and maybe around the world. We've confused government with nation. The government isn't the nation. In this country - it isn't even close. I would hope that somewhere in this nation there is a majority with much more in the common sense and ethics department. As long as we continue to be and act silly, we will continue to be used, duped, herded and marginalized. Lets let the government eat itself and see if we can't do something more worthwhile..
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