Attacks Stoke Debate Over Need For Domestic Terrorism Laws

Attacks on protesters in Charlottesville and an Air Force recruiting station in Oklahoma had the hallmarks of terrorist attacks.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attacks this summer on counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an empty Air Force recruiting station in Oklahoma had the hallmarks of terrorist attacks but weren’t prosecuted as such. Even though many in law enforcement referred to them as acts of domestic terrorism, there is a simple reason such charges weren’t brought: They don’t exist. U.S. law defines a terrorist as having ties to a foreign entity, such as the Islamic State…

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