What? “Terrorism,” you say? I thought the “war on terror” was over! Wasn’t this a “man-caused disaster”? I thought it was vicarious Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder! Anyway, that Tim McVeigh is incorrigible! He must be stopped!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The shooting rampage at a U.S. Army base in November was “an act of terrorism,” an Obama administration official said on Friday, as the Pentagon ordered an overhaul of protocols to spot threats within the military.
Reviews ordered on Friday by the Pentagon and White House exposed shortcomings in both intelligence and oversight before the November 5 shooting, which authorities blame on a military psychiatrist.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said his department was still “burdened by 20th century processes and attitudes mostly rooted in the Cold War,” and needed to do more to combat self-radicalization.
“Our counterintelligence procedures are mostly designed to combat an external threat such as a foreign intelligence service,” Gates told reporters at the Pentagon, adding there was not enough focus “on internal threats.”…
Watch for the new emphasis on “internal threats” to focus not on Islamic jihadists, at least after the Hasan heat is off, but on “right-wing extremists.”