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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    There have been many attempted acts of terrorism by Americans against Americans since 2001.
    There were many attempted acts of terrorism by Americans against Americans prior to 2001, too.
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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    There were many attempted acts of terrorism by Americans against Americans prior to 2001, too.
    Some Americans believe that terrorism began in 1492. But that's not the subject of this thread. I started the thread because I'm interested in the phenomenon of American terrorism against fellow Americans since 2001. With the Director of Counterterrorism yesterday explicitly saying that an American is the greatest threat to fellow Americans, this is a timely subject.

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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    There were many attempted acts of terrorism by Americans against Americans prior to 2001, too.


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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    To show how clueless the US Govt. is about the new form of domestic terrorism they even invited Anwar al Awlaki to the Pentagon where the American born terrorist dined at taxpayer expense:

    "Anwar al-Awlaki - the radical spiritual leader linked to several 9/11 attackers, the Fort Hood shooting, and the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an airliner - was a guest at the Pentagon in the months after 9/11, a Pentagon official confirmed to CBS News.

    Awlaki was invited as "...part of an informal outreach program" in which officials sought contact "...with leading members of the Muslim community," the official said. At that time, Awlaki was widely viewed as a "moderate" imam at a mosque in Northern Virginia..."

    Read more: Qaeda-Linked Imam Dined at Pentagon after 9/11 - CBS News

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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Some Americans believe that terrorism began in 1492. But that's not the subject of this thread. I started the thread because I'm interested in the phenomenon of American terrorism against fellow Americans since 2001. With the Director of Counterterrorism yesterday explicitly saying that an American is the greatest threat to fellow Americans, this is a timely subject.
    Why are you limiting the discussion to post-9/11? If the discussion is Americans being the greatest threats to fellow americans, that's not really news. It's been true for the vast majority of US history.
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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Why are you limiting the discussion to post-9/11? If the discussion is Americans being the greatest threats to fellow americans, that's not really news. It's been true for the vast majority of US history.
    If you would like to discuss subjects beyond the scope of this thread please start another thread.

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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    If you would like to discuss subjects beyond the scope of this thread please start another thread.
    You're the one who made American terrorism against Americans being the biggest threat to Americans the scope of the thread. By trying to paint it as something new, instead of a regression to the mean you have made it so that pre-2001 cases of American terrorism against Americans are within the scope of the thread.

    My argument is that the situation described is not unusual. It is actually the norm. For the majority of US history, it has been the case that American terrorism was the biggest threat to Americans.
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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    I think Anwar al Awlaki was never assimilated into American culture and traditional values. He doesn't seem to believe in the separation of church and state because it would be contrary to the fusion of religion and political theory.

    If this is true, why wasn't Anwar al Awaki assimilated? He clearly adopted a separate identity despite his American nationality.

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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    I think Anwar al Awlaki was never assimilated into American culture and traditional values. He doesn't seem to believe in the separation of church and state because it would be contrary to the fusion of religion and political theory.

    If this is true, why wasn't Anwar al Awaki assimilated? He clearly adopted a separate identity despite his American nationality.
    I don't think it's a lack of assimilation so much as a rejection of mainstream American culture and values. This is not unusual with home-grown terrorists. Take Theodore Kaczynski, for example.
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    Re: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I don't think it's a lack of assimilation so much as a rejection of mainstream American culture and values. This is not unusual with home-grown terrorists. Take Theodore Kaczynski, for example.
    The Unibomber was a loner. American Anwar al Awlaki is a leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. It has been established that the American Anwar al Awlaki was in repeated contact with, and a mentor of, US Army Major Nidal Hasan who then went on to kill 13 Americans at Ft. Hood while yelling "Allahu Akbar"...God is Great.

    There is no denying that Anwar al Awlaki is charasmatic and able to connect with some people throughout the world, including America.

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