Congressman Jeff Fortenberry calls on the United States to increase the war against domestic terrorists in wake of the Orlando shootings.
Fortenberry places the Orlando shootings in context of the domestic terrorist attacks that began in 2009 when 13 were killed and more than 30 injured in a shooting at Ft. Hood in central Texas.
He also includes the attack against military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee in which four Marines died. Then, late last year, 14 were shot and killed, 21 wounded in the San Bernardino attacks of a community center.
Fortenberry says in all the cases radicals twisted Islamic teaching, abusing the freedoms they enjoy here.
“(Abuse of freedoms) has allowed people in this country who have associated themselves with this dark, twisted theology, this ideology of ISIS, which in the name of religion, in the name of worshipping God, supposedly, can justify the killing of innocent people,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “It is depraved. It is irrational and yet it is happening right here and that’s the reality.”
Fortenberry says the country is in a real fight against terrorism that isn’t confined to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fortenberry says the twisted ideology of the Islamic State has infected too many, triggering this string of deadly attacks.
“This cancer has metastasized from the Middle East and south Asia into Africa, then Europe, now here.”
Fortenberry says the United States must get serious about rooting out radical Islam, whether imported or homegrown.