Terror Starts at Home

Reflections on a post-9/11 America

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  • On April 15, 2013, Islamic radicalists Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off two bombs near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others. They cited the U.S.’s anti-Muslim sentiment as their motive.
  • On May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, California, Elliot Rodger went on a rampage that including stabbing and shooting. Rodger identified as an incel and cited his anger that women would not sleep with him as his reason for punishing them. Rodger had been treated for depression and anxiety, making him one of only two terrorists on this list diagnosed with mental illness.
  • On June 17, 2015, white supremacist Dylann Roof shot nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He said his desire to incite a race war motivated the attack.
  • On December 2, 2015, Islamic radicalists Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik perpetrated a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. Although they did not identify a clear motive, they had become self-radicalized through Internet activities.
  • On June 12, 2016, Islamic radicalist Omar Mateen perpetrated a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring 53. This attack was the deadliest confirmed terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks and the deadliest attack against LGBT people in U.S. history.
  • On August 12, 2017, neo-Nazi James Alex Fields drove his car into a sea of protestors at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person and injuring 28 others. Fields had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He is the other of only two terrorists on this list to have been diagnosed with mental illness.
  • On October 27, 2018, anti-Semite Robert Bowers perpetrated a mass shooting at the Tree of Life — Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eleven people died and six were injured. Bowers cited concerns over “invaders” who were allegedly killing white people.
  • On April 27, 2019, anti-Semite John T. Earnest shot and killed one person and injured three others at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California. Earnest blamed Jews for “white genocide” and confessed to a previous act of arson at a mosque.
  • On August 3, 2019, Patrick Crusius attempted to thwart an alleged “Hispanic Invasion of Texas” by perpetrating a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

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