Not All Terrorists Are Muslims: As the Past Week Should Remind Us, Political Violence Is Not Restricted by Race, Religion or Ideology

In The News Piece in Salon
June 20, 2017

Albert Ford was quoted in Salon about the many different forms of terrorist attacks:

“When you ask the average American what his or her interpretation of terrorism is, it’s probably not a guy in Colorado shooting up a Planned Parenthood clinic,” said Albert Ford, a program associate at the International Security and Fellows programs at New America, over the phone. “It’s going to be Khalid Sheikh Mohammed planning the bombing on 9/11.”
That’s a problem because, as Ford and his team found earlier this year in a report on terrorism in the United States after 9/11, other forms of terrorism besides the jihadist-initiated kind are common and deadly. Until last year when Omar Mateen killed dozens of people in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub while spouting garbled messages about ISIS and al-Qaida, right-wing terrorists had killed more people in the U.S. since 2001 than Islamic terrorists.
“Terrorism is deadly across the political spectrum, regardless of ideology,” Ford said.