Friday, June 12, 2009

von Brunn and Domestic Terrorism, Security Procedures

In reply to: Alleged Holocaust Museum Shooter Had Given Up Hate Site, Planned Other Attacks | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center, and the comments of C. Levy in particular. (There's no permalink to individual comments on the site.)

C. Levy, re: your first comment, questioning why a SPLC spokesperson called von Brunn a "domestic terrorist":

'We know what Mr. von Brunn did yesterday at the Holocaust museum. Now it's our responsibility to determine why he did it,' said Joseph Persichini, assistant director of the Washington FBI field office.

The Homeland Security Department said the shooting does not appear to have a connection to terrorism, according to a joint Homeland Security and FBI assessment, though Persichini characterized it as 'domestic terrorism.'"

Source: Von Brunn Charged In Holocaust Museum Slay - CBS News

Regarding your second comment, I believe that fed, state, & local law enforcement and security forces can monitor terrorist/extremist internet & other "chatter", AND help to improve the security defending the people and structures that are more likely to be targeted.

Not being a security expert myself, I don't know whether it'd be more effective to focus more on one or the other, though I can say that I'd prefer that we stop acts while they're in the planning stages, rather than on site, at the last possible minute. And, it seems to me that many of the attacks cited as having been prevented in the last few years never made it to the place and time the act was going to occur, so there is something to be said for monitoring & other preventive measures done before the fact, offsite.

Submitted to HateWatch blog for approval 6/12/09, approx 7:20 am, IM blog time

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