Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez was very similar to white mass murderer Dylann Roof. They both visited hateful websites, both expressed hatred toward specific peoples, both congregated with bigoted people with murderous philsophies. Roof even posted a "manifesto" online. Law enforcement, perhaps in effort to protect white supremacy, refuses to label Roof a terrorist, while Abdulazeez was thrown into the terrorist category in a matter of hours. Big media focused on Roof's "troubled youth" while immediately assuming Abdulazeez was completely "normal." Abdulazeez was Arab and Muslim and Roof was white. Apparently law enforcement is looking for more excuses to spy on and entrap Muslim Americans while leaving all the white supremacist terrorist organizations (Skin Heads, Nazis, KKK, Ayran Nation) alone to fester and grow.
—Ronald David Jackson
"We will treat this as a terrorism investigation until we can confirm it is not."—FBI Spokesman Ed Reinhold
By Peter Bergen
On Thursday morning, four U.S. Marines were killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when a gunman shot at two separate military facilities: a military recruiting center and a Navy training reserve center.
The suspected shooter is 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, who is also dead, according to the FBI.
The shooter's motivations are as yet unclear. U.S. Attorney Bill Killian told reporters that the investigation is being treated as "act of domestic terrorism."
One likely reason why investigators are treating the shooting as a potential domestic terrorist attack is that there are multiple cases of jihadist extremists plotting to attack military facilities and recruiting centers in the United States.
While cautioning against jumping to conclusions, FBI spokesman Ed Reinhold stated that the bureau "will treat this as a terrorism investigation until we can confirm it is not."