False Obvious Terrorism --- ==
If an attacker has mental illness as a cover story, then it can't be terrorism and should not be treated so even if he pledges allegience to ISIS or Al Qaeda and is a radicalized muslim. Or so we are being persuaded to believe. This is the extreme refutation of the opposite belief that any mass murder even if he doesn't claim a political motive or is drunk or high or has doctor's note of mental illness probably is a terrorist even if it can't be proven in court of law.
August 8, 2016 When terror isn't terrorism By Philip Mudd Mon "a self-proclaimed ISIS adherent attacking in the streets of America or Europe isn't necessarily terrorism." claims Orlando, Nice, Berlin attacks were not terrorism even though Orlando terrorist pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State and proclaimed solidarity with the Boston Marathon Bombers and a radical Islamist suicide bomber.
Terrorist label doesn't fit When we don't know the motivations of these new killers who simply cover their actions with an ISIS veneer, why do we give them the validation they seek? At the very least, we are looking at a new category of terror for which we have no label.
When an apparently emotionally disturbed attacker murders in Nice, Orlando, Germany, or any of the other locations that have become so common today, commentators shift immediately to the bias of placing these attacks in an understandable narrative, to make sense of acts of violence.
"Another act of terrorism," they might say, an evolution in what we've witnessed for two decades.
It's still not clear what the Orlando killer was thinking when he entered that club. We call him a terrorist even as we accept the diametrically opposed proposition that we don't exactly know why he did what he did. A mass murderer isn't necessarily a terrorist. And a self-proclaimed ISIS adherent attacking in the streets of America or Europe isn't necessarily terrorism.
CNN's Counterterrorism Analyst Stuns With Answer When ...
www.tapwires.com/2016/06/14/cnns-counterterrorism-analyst-stuns...CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd said on Tuesday that it's ... Asked If Radical Islam Inspired Orlando Terrorist. ... Muslim who attended prayer ..CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd said on Tuesday that it's still "not clear" if radical Islam inspired Omar Mateen to murder 49 people at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando. "It's not clear to me," he said. "In many cases like this, you can see a clear link between a group like ISIS or al-Qaeda and therefore we can jump to the conclusion that it was an act of terror. It's not even clear to me in this case yet that we have an act of terror."t in order for an attack to be an "act of terror," a "subject...has to go into the location with the intent to murder people for a political purpose." He also said he's "not confident" enough about Mateen's mental state to say definitively that the Orlando attack was an act of terrorism. tweet: @CarolCNN #CNN found the one "expert" who's not sure #Orlando slaughter had any connection to ISIS so you'll Philip Mudd interviewed a lot. Mateen called 911 three times during the Orlando attack. During the calls, he pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State and proclaimed solidarity with the Boston Marathon Bombers and a radical Islamist suicide bomber.