On Security

When Terrorism Isn't Intended to Kill

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Oct 30, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
The bomb squad of the Broward County Sheriff's Office uses a robotic vehicle to investigate a suspicious package at the building housing an office for U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)  in Sunrise, Florida, on Oct. 24, 2018.

The bomb squad of the Broward County Sheriff's Office uses a robotic vehicle to investigate a suspicious package at the building housing an office for U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) in Sunrise, Florida, on Oct. 24, 2018. A number of suspicious packages have been sent in the mail to former President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the New York office of CNN.

(JOE RAEDLE/Getty Images)

On Oct. 26, law enforcement officers arrested a 56-year-old Florida resident in connection with a series of mail bombs that were sent to prominent Democratic politicians and liberal figures, including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The suspect (whom we will purposefully not name here) has a long criminal history, including a 2002 conviction for threatening to bomb Florida Power & Light, an electric utility company. His social media accounts contained a great deal of disturbing and even threatening material directed against the media, Democratic politicians, moderate Republican politicians, celebrities and high-profile liberal figures such as George Soros....

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