Richard Whittaker at The Austin Chronicle takes a survey on the local discussion about Joseph Stack’s kamikaze crash into the IRS building in Austin this week. And, he notes that different people are using different words to dance around using the term “terrorism.” Could it be classified as an act of terrorism? There’s some debate:
Amongst experts in the field, that’s the word they’re leaning towards. In conversation, one local foreign policy expert said, “It was a violent attack against the system of government. Of course it meets the standard.” That opinion was backed today in an analysis by Austin-based risk assessment firm Stratfor. The release cited a U.S. Department of Homeland Security statement saying that they “have no reason to believe there is a nexus to terrorist activity.” Stratfor responded, “[We] disagree with this assessment, and apparently so does the U.S. government.” The release goes on to cite the definitions of domestic terrorism in the U.S. Patriot Act and argues that it actually fits the criteria perfectly.