April 24, 2013

When "Lone Wolf" Terrorists Aren't Alone

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There's something ironical about calling two guys working together "lone wolves":

Lawmakers want to increase the powers of the CIA to track “lone wolf” terrorists, like the two brothers suspected as being responsible for last week’s Boston bombing, but they are wary of treading on the jurisdiction of domestic law enforcement.
By definition, two people working together cannot be "lone wolves".

Maybe it's semantics, but inasmuch as our words are tied to our thoughts all concerned should think about the Tsarnaev brothers as an independent terror cell, not "lone wolves".

Nidal Hasan was a lone wolf. He worked alone.

Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked together. A small cell, yes. An independent cell, maybe. But a cell nonetheless.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:25 AM | Comments |