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Wikipedia's photo for 'terrorism', depicting 9/11, the archetypal 21st century terrorist act, but in keeping with its position as establishment gatekeeper it promulgates the official narrative without serious question.
Interest of • Aberdeen Terrorism Research Unit
• Fouad Ajami
• Yonah Alexander
• Alex Alexiev
• Anti Terrorism Coalition
• Juval Aviv
• Shmuel Bar
• Richard Barrett
• Jillian Becker
• J. Bowyer Bell
• Harry van den Bergh
• Joseph W. Bishop
• Cofer Black
• Eric Blumenfeld
• Remi Brulin
• Stephen Bryen
• Buckingham University Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies
• Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
• David Burrill
• Cambridge Security Programme
• Vincent Cannistraro
• Center for Domestic Preparedness
• Center for Peace and Security Studies
• Center for Threat Awareness
• Center on Global Counter-Terrorism Cooperation
• Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies
• Centre for Conflict Studies
• Centre for Policing Intelligence & Counter Terrorism
• Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
• Joseph Chorba
• Richard Clarke
• Frank Cluskey
• Marc Cogen
• Lamont Colucci
• Combating Terrorism Center
• Control Risks/Information Services
• Council on Global Terrorism
• Counter Terrorism Programme
• Counterterrorism Blog
• Counterterrorism Center
• Martha Crenshaw
• Danny Defenbaugh
• Josh Devon
• Avi Dichter
• Lawrence Eagleberger
• Rachel Ehrenfeld
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Those atrocities which are not committed by governments.

The United States legal definition of terrorism specifically excludes acts done by sovereign states.[1][2] According to U.S. law (22 U.S.C. 2656f(d)(2))[3] terrorism is defined as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience".[4][5][6] There is no international consensus on a legal or academic definition of terrorism.[7] United Nations conventions have failed to reach consensus on a definition of terrorism and state terrorism.[8] Nevertheless, "terrorism" is used to describe incidents "facilitated" by agents provocateurs from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force‎.

"Terrorism is the war of the poor. War is the terrorism of the rich." - Leon Uris

Official narrative

The official narrative of terrorism is that in the 21st century, modern technology and increased access to information (especially about WMD, "weapons of mass destruction") has brought about a grave threat which needs to be countered by exceptional measures. Collectively referred to as the "War on terror", governments need such measures to be able to protect their citizens from heightened threat posed by "extermist" terrorists.

The commercially-controlled media consistently promote the official narrative about terrorism, especially from Muslims.[9] In November 2014, the BBC headlined a story that "Terrorism threat is on the increase".[10] In January 2016, Ross Douthat wrote for the New York Times that immigration of Muslims into Germany "threatens not just a spike in terrorism but a rebirth of 1930s-style political violence."[11]


The failure to agree on what "terrorism" actually is the primary weakness of the official narrative, though it has other major problems such as its failure to mention (or sometimes, its explicit exclusion of) state terrorism, false flag terrorism or the clear motivations of authorities to exaggerate or deliberately increase "the terrorist threat". The prison-industrial-judidicial-law enforcement complex has an obvious commercial incentive for increasing terrorism and fear of it. The FBI, for example, has incited many terrorist plots in USA (according to Project Censored, the majority[12]) but commercially-controlled media are very reluctant to report on this. Since 2001 especially, the deep state has been rolling back civil liberties and building a police state under the pretext of the "War on terror".

"Domestic Terrorism"

After spreading the meme of "Islamic terrorism", and introducing laws with the implication that "this for for them, not us" the phrase "domestic terrorism" was gradually introduced, equating with terrorism many kinds of dissent which were legal and/or non-violent. Documents from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security identify the non-violent Occupy movement as a “terrorist” activity.[13] The FBI however turned a blind eye (or worse) to the Dallas occupy plot, a "a long-term plan to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire".[14]


Israel used the word "terrorism" in the 1960s and 70s to refer to attacks by Palestinians, whether against civil or military targets. In 1972, Richard Nixon, describing attacks on civil aviation, became the first US Persident to use the word "terrorism".[15] President Carter used the word "terrorism" about the hostage taking of the US embassy staff in Tehran, but the word remained very seldom used until the Beirut Barracks bombing in October 1983.[15]


Full article: “Cyberterrorism”

The 21st century has seen the promotion of the word "cyberterrorism", which purports to be the threat posed by terrorists to computer based infrastructure. Like other forms of terrorism itself, the commercially-controlled media are expansive about the threat, but the word is never defined, and the media's claims rarely if ever stand up to close scrutiny (indeed, they are rarely detailed enough to warrant it). The main practitioners of this would appear to be the NSA, whose extensive capabilities have been demonstrated by the Edward Snowden Affair. Western commercially-controlled media never describes the NSA as cyberterrorists.

War on terror

Full article: Rated 4/5 “War on terror”

The war on terror, which was rolled out after the end of the cold war - conveniently from the point of view of the Military-industrial-congressional complex - can be understood as the same old same old, a war on enemy governments and non-state actors. As Professor Mark Selden summarises: "American politicians and most social scientists definitionally exclude actions and policies of the United States and its allies [as terrorism]".


The UK government's 2006 policy on combating terror lays particular emphasis on Islamic terror, noting for example:

The current threat from Islamist terrorism is serious and sustained. It is genuinely international in scope, involving a variety of groups, networks and individuals who are driven by particular violent and extremist beliefs. It is indiscriminate – aiming to cause mass casualties, regardless of the age, nationality, or religion of their victims; and the terrorists are often prepared to commit suicide to kill others. Overall, we judge that the scale of the threat is potentially still increasing and is not likely to diminish significantly for some years.
Countering International Terrorism: The United Kingdom’s Strategy, July 2006[16]

This is all the more remarkable since, according to Europol, less than 1% of terrorist incidents in Europe are by Islamic terrorists. Sociology professor David Miller has suggested that arms of the UK government such as MI5 are deliberately encouraging hatred of Muslims through such documents and through information provided to the commercially-controlled media.[9]


Fox News reported in 2009 that the US Department of Defense was referring to protest activity as "low level terrorism".[17]

False flag terror

Full article: Rated 4/5 False flag

Arguably, most large scale terrorist plots in the 21st century have been false flag attacks, i.e. designed to be blamed on people other than the real perpetrators. The extent this represents a new tendency is moot and likely to remain so (due to the difficulty of establishing the real perpetrators of acts of terrorism now long past), but can be surmised to include a more generalised concensus of world public opinion that terrorist attacks are wrong, whatever their details and motivations. In a world in which such an understanding is firmly established, there is little to gain and a lot to lose by carrying out acts of terror — while false flag attacks become correspondingly more attractive to those groups who believe that they can not only not only them out but also successfully pin the blame on some other group.

In 2014, Human Rights Watch issued a report that reported that almost all the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants. It reported that "in some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act."[18]

Terrorism research

Full article: Stub class article Terrorism research

Nafeez Ahmed describes a very large proportion of terrorism research as "bullshit", and observes that "among the most consistent findings is that the field is full of very serious, beard-stroking, speculative conjecture dressed up as ‘theory'."[19] Much of the research is carried out in institutes set up by spooky researchers who attend deep state milieux such as Le Cercle.

Use of the word by Wikispooks

Wikispooks has a lot of material relating to "terrorism". Since early 2017 it has followed the lead of other terrorsceptic internet commentators[20][21] and applying double quotes around the word "terrorism" to highlight its deceptive nature.  


     Page name     DateAttributed toPerpetrator(s)Description
1983 Beirut barracks bombings23 October 1983 06:22:00
2001 Anthrax attacks18 September 2001 - 9 October 2001Bruce IvinsUS/Deep state
2001 Mexican legislative assembly attack15 October 2001
2004 Madrid train bombings11 March 2004Al-Qaeda
2008 Mumbai attacks26 November 2008 - 29 November 2008Hafiz Saeed
Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari
2010 Times Square car bombing attempt1 May 2010 18:28:00 - 1 May 2010
2011 Norway attacks22 July 2011 15:25:00 - 22 July 2011 18:34:00Anders Breivik
2016 Orlando nightclub shooting12 June 2016 02:02:00 - 12 June 2016 05:14:00Omar Mateen
9-1111 September 20019-11/The 19 Hijackers
Zacarias Moussaoui
Operation Gladio/B
US/Deep state
Action Counters Terrorism7 March 2017 - Present
Arms for Libya1977 - 1981Deep state
Edwin P. Wilson
Douglas Schlachter
Theodore Shackley
Thomas Clines
Frank Terpil
Bologna massacre2 August 1980 10:25:00CommunismOperation Gladio
Car bomb
Cubana de Aviación Flight 4556 October 1976Orlando Bosch
CyberterrorismThe use of computers by "terrorists" to cause disruption. This is an arena in which the determination of responsibility is particularly difficult, and therefore false flag attacks arethat much more easy.
Islamic terrorism
San Bernardino shooting2 December 2015Syed Rizwan Farook
Tashfeen Malik
Winston Churchill/Chemical Weapon UseWinston Churchill was apparently keen to use chemical weapons.

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:A Global Chronology of Incidents of Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Attacks 1950-2005.pdfreport7 July 2006Hamid Mohtadi
Antu Murshid
A summary of Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Attacks, from 1950 - 2005, giving the number of injuries and fatalities, and other information (if known) on the perpetrators and motives.
A Long History of America's Dark Sidearticle7 October 2010Peter Dale Scott
Robert Parry
Americans are encouraged to unquestioningly view their country and its soldiers as the "good guys" spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world. When the US inflicts death and destruction, it’s viewed as a mistake or an aberration. This article reviews the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a “mistake” nor an “aberration” but a conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the "dark side".
A lesson from Brussels we refuse to learnarticle24 March 2016Jonathan CookCommentary on the shortcomings of a Simon Jenkins article on the Mass murder in Brussels
Bangkok Blast - Who the Liars Say Did It, Says it Allarticle18 August 2015Tony CartalucciAnalysis of the 18 August terrorist bombing in Bangkok illustrating western media (especially the BBC) bias by omission of major salient points
File:FBI Report - Terrorism 1980-2005.pdfreport2005FBINon-Muslims responsible for over 90% of all terrorist attacks in America
File:Jewish Terrorism under the British Mandate.pdffactsheet2006CJPMEInformation about specifically Jewish acts of terrorism against British military, police and civilian personnel in the years between the end of World War II and the establishment of the state of Israel
Mrs. May & MI5 In Disarraywebpage11 June 2017Matthew Jamison
Paul Wilkinson, extract from The "Terrorism" Industrybook extract12 May 1990Edward S. Herman
Radicalisation - UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'article25 August 2016Alexander J Martin
File:Report on Terrorism 2014.pdfreport30 April 2014United States Department of StateA summary of global "terrorism" in 2014.
File:Security Terrorism and the UK.pdfbriefing paper1 July 2005Lloyds of London
Chatham House
A quintessentially UK Establishment view on Security and Terrorism in the UK.
Sins of Statecraft - The War on Terror Exposedpaper29 July 2006Brian Bogart
File:Targetedandentrapped.pdfreportMay 2011Various faculty members
File:Terrorism & Relative Justice.pdfpaper2007Mark Findlay
Terrorism as Seen From Washingtonarticle5 May 2014Thierry MeyssanA brief expose of the US Annual Report on Terrorism in the world as the propaganda.
Terrorism, Transit and Public Safety - Evaluating the Riskspaper16 January 2012Todd Litman"It is important for individuals and public officials to take all risks into account and avoid overreacting to transit terrorism risks in ways that increase overall danger." An investigation into the real rather than the perceived risks of public and private transport. Contains some basic points that reveal the purported "terrorist threat" to be vastly exaggerated.
The "Terrorism" Industrybook12 May 1990Edward S. Herman
Gerry O'Sullivan
A look at the reality of terrorism, and how the institutional forces shape it to their ends.
The Experts extract from The "Terrorism" Industrybook extract1989Edward S. Herman
Gerry O'Sullivan
The Politics of Terrorarticle31 August 2010Douglas Valentine
The scariest thing about Brussels is our reaction to itarticle24 March 2016Simon JenkinsAbsurd over-reaction to terrorist attacks in the west in general and the Mass murder in Brussels in particular, is EXACTLY what the those responsible for the attacks want and expect.
Unthinking extremism - Radicalising narratives that legitimise surveillancepaper26 October 2015Ben Harbisher
Who is Bombing European Civilians?article22 March 2016Sott.netSharp questioning of precisely who is responsible for attacks on civilians in Europe

Related Quotations

Colin Powell“[Terrorism] is the cost of doing business and it's not just something that can happen overseas but, as this community knows better than anyone, it can happen here... I think there are limits to what you can do in a free society.”Colin Powell11 August 1998
Internet/Censorship“For some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift”Tony AbbottSeptember 2014
Islamophobia“"terrorism" in the post-9/11 American vernacular has become shorthand for "Islamic terrorism."”Gregory Krieg2 April 2017
Sins of Statecraft - The War on Terror Exposed“a group of powerful elites from various countries gathered at an international conference in Jerusalem to promote and exploit the idea of ‘international terrorism.’ The (Jerusalem) conference (on International Terrorism, or JCIT) established the ideological foundations for the ‘war on terror.’ JCIT’s defining theme was that international terrorism constituted an organized political movement whose ultimate origin was in the Soviet Union. All terrorist groups were ultimately products of, and could be traced back to, this single source, which - according to the JCIT - provided financial, military, and logistical assistance to disparate terrorist movements around the globe. The mortal danger to Western security and democracy posed by the worldwide scope of this international terrorist movement required an appropriate worldwide anti-terrorism offensive, consisting of the mutual coordination of Western military intelligence services.”Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed2005
War on Terror“The surest defense against terrorism is to refuse to be terrorized.”Bruce SchneierAugust 2006
Washington Conference on International Terrorism“Given terrorism's unique dependence on publicity and amplification, the media have a crucial role in either facilitating or obstructing the spread of terrorism against the West... manipulation of public opinion is in fact, central to the terrorist strategy. For this purpose, access to the media, indeed their domination, is indispensable.”
William E. Odom“By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.”William E. OdomApril 2006

Official examples

NameDateAttributed toPerpetrator(s)
2016 Magnanville stabbing13 June 2016 09:00:00
2017 Barcelona attack
Oklahoma City bombing19 April 1995Timothy McVeigh
Terry Nichols
US/Deep state
Operation Nicole2009 - PresentUK/Police


  1. Gupta, Dipak K. (2008). Understanding terrorism and political violence: the life cycle of birth, growth, transformation, and demise. Taylor & Francis. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-415-77164-1. 
  2. Sinai, Joshua (2008). "How to Define Terrorism". Perspectives on Terrorism. Terrorism Research Institute. 2 (4). 
  3. U.S. Department of State (February 1, 2010). "Title 22 > Chapter 38 > § 2656f - Annual country reports on terrorism". Cornell University Law School, Legal Information Institute. 
  4. Gupta, p. 8
  5. Sinai, Joshua (2008). [httSpecial:RecentChangesp://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php/pot/article/view/33/html "How to Define Terrorism"]. Perspectives on Terrorism. Terrorism Research Institute. 2 (4). 
  6. "Country Reports on Terrorism - Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism". National Counterterrorism Center: Annex of Statistical Information. U.S. State Department. April 30, 2007. 
  7. Williamson, Myra (2009). Terrorism, war and international law: the legality of the use of force against Afghanistan in 2001. Ashgate Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-7546-7403-0. 
  8. Rupérez, Javier (6 September 2006). "The UN's fight against terrorism: five years after 9/11". U.N. Action to Counter Terrorism (in Tr. from Spanish). Real Instituto Elcano of Spain. 
  9. a b http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/672
  10. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/terrorism-threat-is-on-the-increase-met-chief-tells-bbcs-andrew-marr-show-9878141.html
  11. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/opinion/sunday/germany-on-the-brink.html?_r=1
  12. http://www.projectcensored.org/4-fbi-agents-responsible-for-majority-of-terrorist-plots-in-the-united-states/
  13. http://www.projectcensored.org/7-fbi-dismisses-murder-plot-occupy-leaders-nsa-big-business-cracks-dissent/
  14. http://web.archive.org/web/20141018093606/http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/06/27/fbi-document-deleted-plots-to-kill-occupy-leaders-if-deemed-necessary/
  15. a b http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/747
  16. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/272320/6888.pdf
  17. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/06/17/pentagon-exam-calls-protests-low-level-terrorism-angering-activists.html
  18. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/government-agents-directly-involved-us-terror-plots-report
  19. https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/the-astonishingly-crap-science-of-counter-extremism-65810f8ac8e6?source=latest---------6
  20. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160812/15531535228/did-fbi-get-confused-arrest-own-informant-for-helping-create-fbi-plot.shtml
  21. http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/747
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