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The Myth of the ‘Homegrown Terrorist’

May 1st, 2013 - 12:09 am

It does violence to the English language to call such avid followers of foreign leaders and foreign doctrines “homegrown terrorists.”  They may have lived here, they may even have been born here, but at a certain point they became alienated and turned to non-American visions and visionaries.

The inner turmoil of such terrorists has been well described by the famous writer V.S. Naipaul:

Everyone who is not an Arab who is a Muslim is a convert.  Islam is not simply a matter of conscience or belief.  It makes imperial demands.  A convert’s worldview alters.  His holy places are in Arab lands;  his sacred language is Arabic.  His idea of history alters.  He rejects his own;  he becomes…a part of the Arab story….People develop fantasies about who and what they are;  and in the Islam of converted countries there is an element of neurosis and nihilism.  These countries are easily set on the boil.

Those people are boiling, too, perhaps more so in a non-Muslim land like ours than in countries that have gone over to Islam.  The same intense inner strife applies to those who join other totalitarian mass movements, whether Nazi, fascist, or Communist.

They are not homegrown.  They are converts, and they have taken leave of us to join our enemies.

The people to whom the usual meaning of “homegrown terrorist” can be accurately applied are the nativist right-wingers like the Aryan Nation.  But they are not the folks about whom the myth is commonly used.

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Michael, I agree with your conclusion, but allow me to part ways just a bit wity your premise.

I believe that Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn not only were homegrown terrorists, but that they...and their ilk...have spawned the unholy invitation to do more of it, by others.

I submit that Michael Moore and Oliver Stone and Sean Penn and the Agenda Media and the Inversion Narrative by the left...is an engraved invitation to take shots at us...by any (and all) means necessary.

"Our" media (which some still insist on calling "mainstream" despite the manner in which it daily roots for our destruction and wishes for our annihilation) has an agenda to drag our good name through the mud and heap slanders upon us, while simultaneously whitewashing every evil by our enemies.

They openly root against us. They trump up false and phony charges against us. They paint us as evil and our enemies as "chickens coming home to roost".

Terrorism does NOT start, begin or emanate from the explosion of a homemade bomb. It is set by a timer which begins ticking when we ignore the treason in our own backyard. That timer has been ticking for over 40 years. We have ignored it at our peril.

One can separate the nuances of hatred between radical Islam and the radical left. But you couldn't fit a slip of paper between their black souls, nor their evil intent. We would do well to awaken from our slumber and recognize that it is our own leftists who have brought evil to our shores and they remain as vigilant as ever to achieve our destruction.
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The Pew Centre doesn't always produce what some folk want to hear.

So, http://zenpundit.com/?p=21685 is something that will divide.
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Islam demands that you turn yourself into a 7th century Arabian. I can see where that might cause mental problems.
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My experience is that that muslim zealots try to maddog you like a gangster -- stare into your eyes with the intention you establishing dominance.
49 weeks ago
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The ricin sending guy the FBI just arrested was a right wing christian in mississippi. Terror. Homegrown. And funny that PJM has yet to publish an article on it.
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Theres a rather long list of homegrown terrorists (by legal definition today) but they were mostly before the populist slinging of the term terrorist came about.
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Random,
That is because this person was found to be not involved in any Ricin mailing. Another false story from the Liberals among us.
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Try keeping up. The original suspect KC was let go.
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Because it had nothing really to do with terrorism, either foreign or homegrown. It was about someone trying to frame someone else out of motives of revenge. If I burn down the house of the Christian next door; so I can blame the crime on Mohammed down the block, just cause I hate the guy, that's not terrorism. I have no particular political position, I'm trying to bring about.
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Wayne Newton impersonator arrested and Elvis impersonator set free. To fast and too complex for some to follow. :)
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"The idea is that there are normal Americans who, on their own, and certainly without any input from foreign countries or terrorist groups, up and become terrorists."

The U.S. Nation of Islam has been converting in U.S. Prisons for decades. Nonody 'really' knows what the product of that has been or will be.

Political and religious based myths are manufactured intentionally and self servingly to motivate and recruit for radical activism and manipulate the shaping of outcomes. These myths are rarely initiated from ones independent reasoning of collective information or arbitrarily from the collective unconscious.

The U.S. has become the global capital for the religious and political myth market. Theres a more applicable and precise term for such myths: propaganda.

I think using the term 'homegrown' it is being mischaracterized. We are a *free nation* of people with the freedoms to reason and act on variable sources and forms of information whether fairly and acturately represented or propagandized. Americans have the freedoms too and often do, ally with many religious and political philosophical positions of global interests. For example, lots of Americans ally with the geopolitical interests of Israel and Judism while rejecting Islam. Some will ally with Islam and reject Judism. Both are global influences which can affect the wide diversity of Americanism within its population. Myths and proaganda abound from every crook and corner today.
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Home grown? How about imported. And even those who are born and raised here, their values are hardly American.
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It's because when you're searching for the "highest and best" in Islam you get violent jihad.

It's the old saying (with obvious theological allowances) "A great example of Christianity is Mother Theresa and for Islam it's Osama Bin Laden"
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I think American ideals could lead to terrorism. I think we're reaching a time where, if our government doesn't start to shrink and stop trampling on people, we may soon start to see it. I think the principles of individual liberty and the Bill of Rights and the Consitution could, theoretically, lead to a time when we could see people start to strike out in a guerilla/terror fashion, but if that ever did happen, it would be striking out against government agents and targets. We wouldn't see it against innocent civilian targets like the Boston Marathon. And at that point, we'd be arguing over whether or not it was terrorism or rebellion or both, and I suppose it would depend on what the government had done to provoke such a response from the populace. Did they decide to confiscate all private firearms? Did they lock down major cities under martial law and conduct searches without warrants in violation of 4th Amendments Rights? Have they been seizing private property under extremely questionable circumstances? All things that have happened, and we do live in a country where the people are starting to fear the government more than they fear terrorism. Just food for thought. We live in scary times.
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aharris,
And what do you think 'redistribution of wealth is'? Read our Constitutioin and see if you can find any hint of Welfare, Food Stamps, three years of unemployment or what ever other government method of spreading the tax payers money around is, it is all theft from that person who earned it. Governments are instituted among people for the purpose of protecting private property, your earnings are your private property. When the government steals your private property so they can award it to some political croney or voter then that is theft or you are a slave to the bureaucrat. Either way it is an action outside of our Constitution. Obama and his thugs are playing this game in a steady stream of corruption.
Soon people are going to wake up to reality......
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Mzk, as jimmytbone they are still active.The Good Friday Agreement was only implemented in 2005
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2013/04/the-boston-bombings-should-make-us-real-ira-supporters-stop-and-think/

9/11 was a' long time ago' so i don't know why it is even brought up.

Even if you accept that debatable and ill informed comment about creating Arab terrorism does that justify IRA terrorism today?
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No, no, no, no, no!! There are NO - as in NONE, ZERO, NADA - homegrown terrorists. Whether they are the Aryan Nation, Bill Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn, or even the Unabomber or Timothy McVeigh. Every one of them adopted a philosophy that was anti-American. they may have been born and/or raised here. But their ideas and ideals came from off-shore. Some from the Arab world. Some from the Bolsheviks. Others from the facists. Others still from some other foreign egg. But none of it originated here.
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We are a nation of diverse immigrants afterall. We (collectively) pride ourselves of our geneological heritage.
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