From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Oct 3 09:02:41 PDT 1995 Article: 10280 of alt.revisionism Path: nizkor.almanac.bc.ca!news.island.net!news.bctel.net!news.cyberstore.ca!math.ohio-state.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!swrinde!cs.utexas.edu!news.sprintlink.net!in1.uu.net!news3.digex.net!access5!karlpov From: email@example.com (Charles R.L. Power) Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,talk.politics.mideast Subject: Jewish Terrorism in USA per FBI Date: 2 Oct 1995 22:30:29 -0400 Organization: Express Access Online Communications, Greenbelt, MD USA Lines: 105 Message-ID:
NNTP-Posting-Host: access5.digex.net Xref: nizkor.almanac.bc.ca alt.revisionism:10280 talk.politics.mideast:64832 I was recently irritated by Marc Lemire's casual treatment of alleged FBI information on Jewish terrorism. He invited a correspondent to "look it up in the library" (approximately), whereas I knew that such information is not terribly accessible. I was unable myself to get copies of the precise reports Lemire mentioned, since they have gone out of print and been consolidated into a subsequent report. I did obtain three relevant brochures from the FBI, as follows: Terrorism in the United States 1982 - 1992 (ii+30p.); Terrorism in the United States 1993 (ii+30p.); Terrorism in the United States 1994 (ii+26p.). During the period 1982-1994, the FBI classified 177 terrorist incidents (165 summarized in the first brochure, 12 more from 1993; there were no terrorist incidents recorded for 1994), of which 16 were from groups classified as "Jewish Extremist" (see p. 9 of the first brochure; none of the 1993 incidents could be so classified). Here are all these incidents, as very summarily reported in Appendix B of the first brochure, "Chronological Summary - (1982- 1992) Incidents" (pp. 21-30). I abbreviate JDL=Jewish Defense League; UJU=United Jewish Underground; JDA=Jewish Direct Action; ?="Jewish Terrorist Elements". 820219 Washington DC Bombing JDL 820405 Brooklyn NY Bombing JDL 820428 New York NY Bombing JDL 820428 New York NY Bombing JDL 820705 New York NY Bombing JDL 820705 New York NY Bombing JDL 821104 New York NY Smoke Bombing JDL 821221 New York NY Attempted Bombing UJU 830219 Washington DC Bombing JDL 840223 Bronx NY Bombing JDL 850515 Northridge CA Bombing ? 850815 Paterson NJ Bombing ? 850906 Brentwood NY Bombing ? 851011 Santa Ana CA Bombing ? 860902 New York NY Tear Gas Bombing ? 861020 New York NY Fire Bombing ? A couple more interesting points. The biggest classification of groups responsible for terrorist incidents is Puerto Rican (77 out of 177; see p. 9 of the first brochure; none of the 1993 incidents were Puerto Rican). The biggest single terrorist incident during this period was presumably the World Trade Center bombing, which may have produced more casualties than the other 176 incidents together. (Oklahoma City was not included, of course, since it took place this year.) What I find interesting is the way it is summarized in the 1993 listings in the 1993 and 1994 brochures. First, in the 1993 brochure (I quote verbatim): Date Location Type of Group Associated to Incident Feb. 26 New York, NY Car Bombing International Radical Fundamentalists Now "International Radical Fundamentalists" could be a bit more informative: fundamentalist whats? Christians? Jews? Hindus? Marxists? The listing in the 1994 brochure (which includes 1993 incidents) is even more interesting: Date Location Incident Group Type 2-26-93 New York, NY Car Bombing International Radical Terrorists Note that only one word in the "Group" description is significant: "International". Of course they're terrorists, or they wouldn't be listed at all. And in common usage, "radical terrorist" is a pleonasm. When it was not possible to attribute certain incidents to a particular group, the FBI used the best label it could: "Jewish Terrorist Elements". Nothing wrong with that. But what prevents it from attributing the World Trade Center bombing to "International Muslim Terrorists", for instance? Wouldn't that be a bit clearer and more honest? Is some sort of political correctness game being played? Mustn't injure Muslim sensitivities? Perhaps I'm making too much of the whole thing, but it does seem curious. I would also say that the description "Car Bombing" is misleading in the extreme. A "Car Fire" by a Puerto Rican group is listed for the previous year, meaning obviously a car set afire. "Car Bombing" would certainly suggest to me a car being bombed, not a car being used as a bomb. Oh well, draw your own conclusions. These brochures are available without charge from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington DC 20535. The particular office responsible for the report is the Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, currently part of the National Security Division of the FBI.
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