The FBI have made an official statement on how they plan to handle the shooting of GOP politicians during baseball practice by James T. Hodgkinson.
It is shocking to say the least.
FBI Assistant Director in Charge Andrew Vale announced at a press conference Tuesday morning that the shooting will be treated as “assault” and not terrorism.
“At this time the FBI has assessed that the deceased shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, acted alone. We also assess that there was no nexus to terrorism. The FBI is investigating the shooting as an assault of a member of Congress and assault on a law enforcement officer,” Vale said.
Looks like the FBI forgot to read their own definition of terrorism.
It has long been defined by the agency that terrorism is “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
But to not ignite political tensions and be politically correct, the FBI is treating this as ‘assault’.
When one hears the term assault, a punch to the face, spitting, kicking, etc. comes to mind; not shooting a gun and trying to kill people you politically oppose.
The FBI confirmed that the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, had a list of names of six Republican lawmakers in his pocket at the time that he opened fire on Republican congressmen and staffers last Wednesday.
Hodgkinson performed “cursory” searches online for two of those lawmakers, Vale said.
The FBI confirmed The Daily Caller’s reporting that Hodgkinson’s list was found on his person, and not on his van as had been reported by other news agencies.
Hodgkinson researched the Republican National Convention online the night before he attempted the mass political assassination, law enforcement officials said in a joint press release Wednesday morning.
Hodgkinson also researched directions for driving from Alexandria back to his home of Belleville, Illinois.
Hodgkinson took photos of various monuments and government buildings, including the Supreme Court and “inside the visitor’s entrance of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.”
“At this point in the investigation, the FBI does not believe that these photographs represented surveillance of intended targets, however, we continue to learn more about Hodgkinson’s recent activities,” the press release stated.
It also said that, “Hodgkinson made numerous posts on all of his social media accounts espousing anti-Republican views, although all of the posts reviewed thus far appear to be First Amendment-protected speech.”
He was part of several anti-Republican groups, including “Terminate The Republican Party.”
Members of the group aren’t exactly sad about what Hodgkinson did.
According to the Daily Caller, members have praised him for the attempted murders.
So what say you, America?
Should the FBI treat this case as terrorism?
Let us know in the comment section below.