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  •  I think the D.C. snipers don't qualify (1+ / 0-)
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    as terrorists because terrorism requires political motivation. From what I've read Muhammad was simply a violent asshole who terrorized his ex-wife and kids.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Sat Jan 15, 2011 at 12:59:03 PM PST

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    •  Wikipedia was my determining factor on that one: (1+ / 0-)
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      While imprisoned, Malvo wrote a number of erratic diatribes about what he termed "jihad" against the United States. "I have been accused on my mission. Allah knows I'm gonna suffer now", he wrote. Because his rants and drawings featured not only such figures as Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, but also characters from the film series The Matrix, these musings were dismissed as immaterial. Some investigators reportedly said they had all but eliminated terrorist ties or political ideologies as a motive. Nonetheless, in at least one of the ensuing murder trials, a Virginia court found Muhammad guilty of killing "pursuant to the direction or order" of terrorism.

      At the 2006 trial of Muhammad, Malvo testified that the aim of the killing spree was to kidnap children for the purpose of extorting money from the government and to "set up a camp to train children how to terrorize cities", with the ultimate goal being to "shut things down" across the United States.

      However, as I noted above, the fine line between terrorist and person with a mental illness that commits a terroristic act is a difficult one to navigate.

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