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Why Isn't the Government Calling the LAX Shooting "Terrorism?"

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Based on available information, Ciancia's alleged actions amount to a textbook case of "terrorism" according to the US government's own definitions. But for some reason neither media nor officials are describing it that way.

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David C (25)
Monday November 4, 2013, 1:44 pm
just a wild guess: the perpetrator doesn't look islamic enough, or did he maybe carry a rosary a/o a bible ?

Kit B (276)
Monday November 4, 2013, 2:39 pm

Of course this is an act of terror, his intentions may be suicide by cop, but that becomes a public act of violence that induces terror.

Candy L (473)
Monday November 4, 2013, 2:42 pm
He only killed one person! that's why! crazy laws!

Elizabeth M (65)
Monday November 4, 2013, 3:32 pm
Ciancia ,a troubled 23-year-old, with an assault rifle and an apparent grudge against the government, Killed one person and injured several others. He was suicidal and was after cops. To me a definite act of terrorism, I just can't even begin to imagine what it must have been like for all the people in a packed airport!!!!
Thanks Carrie.

Jim P (3257)
Monday November 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
On Amy Goodman's show - Democracy Now


Video: click on video, go to 05:33 of November 4, 2013 broadcast.


LAX Shooting Suspect Penned Anti-TSA Hate Letter

The suspect in Friday’s armed attack at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) could face the death penalty for shooting dead a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding five other people. Paul Ciancia is charged with murdering a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. LAX police head Patrick Gannon described the attack.

Patrick Gannon: "9:20 this morning, an individual came into Terminal 3 of this airport, pulled a assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal. He proceeded up into the screening area, where TSA screeners are, and continued shooting and went past the screeners back into the airport itself. Personnel officers from airport police, Los Angeles Airport Police, responded immediately to the calls. They tracked the individual through the airport and engaged him in gunfire in Terminal 3 and were able to successfully take him into custody."

The slain victim, Gerardo Hernandez, was the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty since the agency’s creation following the 9/11 attacks. He was a married father of two who had emigrated from El Salvador as a teenager. Citing a law enforcement source, the Southern Poverty Law Center says the gunman, Paul Ciancia, was carrying a note making racist, homophobic and sexist slurs about government officials and describing the TSA in conspiratorial terms. Ciancia remains in critical condition and unresponsive to police questioning.

ty, Carrie.

Jason S (50)
Monday November 4, 2013, 5:33 pm
Good posting, thanks

Yvonne White (229)
Monday November 4, 2013, 5:43 pm
Suicide by Cop isn't usually considered terrorism. But then again, CONgre$$ hasn't been reclassified as Terrorists yet either.

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Monday November 4, 2013, 7:15 pm

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 12:54 am
I don't care who calls it what because it's only another gun thing and no one cares about the damned guns. The second amendment gives you the right to carry a musket. Case closed. But as long there will be no background checks and any idiot can get a gun this is life or death. If you love your gun then deal with it.

. (0)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 7:16 am
Because they don't know any better. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 8:33 am
Because then the government has to admit that there are also home-made terrorists and have to start listening in and spying on these groups too and then wouldn't have a clue where too start because the potential is huge?

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 11:42 am
Thank you for the news. There is no question that this was terrorism.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 3:11 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. If this is not classified as terrorism, then I'm a visitor from Mars. Of course we have "American terrorists." Probably one of the worst was the OKC bombing of the Murrah bldg. in the 90's. I think Lona comes pretty close with her comment.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday November 5, 2013, 3:44 pm
And then the copy-cats start..NJ Mall shooter last night..:(
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