I find this a little weird:
Holder discussed the potential for strikes against the United States by individuals or small groups tied to Al Qaeda or another terror organization.
‘‘It’s something that frankly keeps me up at night, worrying about the lone wolf or a group of people, a very small group of people, who decide to get arms on their own and do what we saw in France,’’ he said on CBS’s ‘‘Face the Nation.’’ ‘‘It’s the kind of thing that our government is focused on doing all that we can, in conjunction with our state and local counterparts, to try to make sure that it does not happen.’’
Several senior lawmakers also warned Sunday of more terrorist attacks, saying that they would be pressing the Obama administration to keep closer tabs on US citizens and others who travel overseas to train with terrorist groups and then attempt to return home.
Small-scale attacks are ‘‘very difficult to detect, deter, and disrupt, which is really our goal,’’ Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who leads the House Homeland Security Committee, said on CBS.
‘‘I think we’re going to see more and more of these taking place, whether it be foreign fighters going to the warfare and return[ing] or whether it be someone who’s getting on the Internet . . . and then radicalizing over the Internet,’’ McCaul said.
There are two things I don’t understand about this. First, I don’t get why this type of thing:
Investigators found five guns and a laptop computer in the vehicle of a man suspected of killing three people in a shooting spree, a police chief said Sunday, but they hadn’t yet uncovered any motive for the rampage.
John Lee, 29, was arrested after a high-speed chase in Washington state after the shootings Saturday. Police believe he opened fire at three locations in Moscow, killing his landlord, his adoptive mother, and a manager at a restaurant his parents frequented. A Seattle man was critically injured.
which is quite common in the US–as of January 12, there have been 376 deaths from gun violence including 8 mass shootings–doesn’t seem to get noticed. If you slap the term ‘terrorism’ on a shooting then it’s front page news, but otherwise it’s become too common to mention each time it happens.
The second is a comparison to other places:
One survivor of the Baga violence, Ibrahim Gambo, estimated that more than 500 people may have died and said he did not know what happened to his wife and daughter. The 25-year-old truck driver said he was part of a civilian militia that, bolstered by a belief that its fighters were protected from bullets by a magical charm, initially had success in resisting Boko Haram insurgents.
But the army told his militia group to pull back so that a military plane could attack Boko Haram forces, which then surrounded Baga when the plane didn’t arrive, Gambo said in an interview with The Associated Press.
‘‘It is sad that our fortification charm became ineffective once we showed fear,’’ Gambo said.
The type of thing that happened in France, happens in places like Nigeria or Iraq or Pakistan, it seems, almost every day and we’ve learned to ignore it. Ok, really, I get this–France seems similar to the US so if it happens in France we can picture it happening here, while Nigeria is someplace far away from us (in lots of ways) and so we don’t think what happens there will affect us.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that what happened in France isn’t terrible.