Sunday, November 8, 2009

As much as I love FOX, there is at least one guy there that I can't stand and I wish they'd lose: Geraldo Rivera.

Tonight I heard (and verified) that Senator Lieberman "an independent from Connecticut who heads the Senate's Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said initial evidence suggested that the alleged shooter, Army Major Nidal Hasan, was a 'self-radicalized, home-grown terrorist' who had turned to Islamic extremism while under personal stress."

In response, FOX's idiot-at-large Rivera argued that Lierberman is wrong about the statement, that Hasan is just a nut, and that--in Rivera's own words--"the word terrorist implies that {Hasan} was part of a conspiracy, and there is no evidence of that."

Someone at FOX needs to sit Rivera down with a dictionary. There are many variants of the definition of a "terrorist", but really it's quite simple: "a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities" NOTE: a terrorist usually organizes with other terrorists, but not always.

What is certain about terrorists is that they use extreme violence, or a threat of violence, to affect policy or counter an enemy they oppose. They almost always engage unarmed individuals in a location and a time where they usually feel they are safe; the point is not just to kill some individuals, but for the act of terror to undermine the feeling of safety of the survivors and their families and to inflict a painful psychological wound on society.

I should clarify that Lieberman did not say that Hasan IS a terrorist, he was more nuanced than that. Here is the rest of his quote:
"We don't know enough to say now, but there are very, very strong warning signs here that Dr. Hasan had become an Islamist extremist and, therefore, that this was a terrorist act."

Senator Lieberman, I have to agree.

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