By Michael McGrady
July 7th now marks the most aggressive and devastating attack on U.S. law enforcement officials since 9/11. Now, in the reverberation of the attack, questions still loom as to why five police officers had to die Thursday night.
Domestic terrorism has become a part of the norm when it comes to reporting the news. Accordingly, they drive readership to these newspapers and websites that seek to “report” the facts without an overarching bias or “spin” on the story. The recent Dallas attacks from should be held as a reminder to the fact that we face more than an informational war on freedom in the United States; we face an uprising against even handed law enforcement and overall rule of law.
There is no doubt in saying that several, quite possibly all, American law enforcement officers are facing a rebellion from a select few that utilize the agendas of social and racial justice movements and weaponized such sentiments in a radical ideology. What ideology you might ask? These extremists emulate an ideology that shows a blatant disregard for life, law, and liberty while holding our nation’s past sins over the heads of millions.
Looking at the context of the incident, the Dallas shootings started out as a peaceful protest responding to the recent shootings of black males by cops in Louisiana and Minnesota. Off course, protest is an activity condoned by the Constitutional authority of the First Amendment; however, like some many times before, terrorists target large gatherings of people in any scenario – may it be a suicide bombing or a mass shooting.
Devolving broad characterizations of the attack, the specifics need to be paired to authoritative criteria that justify the argument that the shooter, who confessed to law enforcement while they attempted to negotiate with the shooter during the stand-off, was indeed guilty of committing an act of domestic terrorism.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, even though scoured in political controversy over Clinton’s “email-gate” scandal, long heralded a characterization of a domestic terrorist under 18 U.S. Code § 2331:
“The term “domestic terrorism” means activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; appear to be intended—to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”
Given the nature of the attacks and an examination of casualties inflicted, five officers died, three of whom were killed on scene with several other officers and two civilians wounded. The shooter, Micah X. Johnson, was “upset at white people” and wanted to shoot police officers. Well, he did. According to negotiations, Johnson committed his acts in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement while media reports also indicate that he was radicalized by recent shootings of black males from police.
Johnson appeared to be trained and was later identified to be an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve, according to Reuters. He was killed by a controlled explosive device after an arduous standoff with police.
Applying 18 U.S. Code § 2331, Johnson wanted to commit barbarous actions against a civilian population, and even effected the actions of state and federal government officials. Notably, President Obama took the time to purport gun control policy in his responding speech; even the Federal Aviation Administration restricted all air travel out of Dallas for a time, and caused an overall state of fear across the states.
Even though he holds no allegiance to a terrorist group and isn’t a “lone wolf,” he was radicalized by certain events and the messaging around such events from the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to a report from the American Psychological Association, a terrorist is created through the ambivalent feeling of alienation, disenfranchisement, and a general disdain for current government policy, societal constructions and dominant assumptions of a group. Johnson, like many others, can be characterized by these criteria based on the fact that they “believe that their current political involvement does not give them the power to effect real change” or “believe that engaging in violence against the state is not immoral.”
Once applying the APA standards from the report, a case can be made that Johnson was radicalized by hardliners in the Black Lives Matter movement for platforms they spew. Essentially, Black Lives Matter is not characterized as a domestic terrorist group but if similar events take fruition, the supporters of the Black Lives Matter are therefore domestic terrorists.
McGrady is a contributor to The Real CVP from Colorado Springs, Colorado. McGrady is a proud student of global politics, a political consultant, a conservative freelance writer, policy junkie, pundit, and friend of the grassroots from Colorado Springs, Colorado. His work has been published, featured, and/or cited by The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, The Hill, Fox News, Fox Nation, The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller and numerous national publications including outlets from some of the nation’s foremost free market think tanks. Follow him on Twitter (@mikemcgrady2).