Cheyenne, WY – 8/17/15: The recent shootings at the new recruiting center in Chattanooga, TN and the military reserve center not too far away, by a man named Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, were terrorist attacks by a homegrown jihadist on soft targets; military recruitment offices.
These were not the first such attacks, but they point to two facts: 1) that a “jihadi generation” of Muslims is attacking our military members here in the United States, and 2) that this “jihadi generation,” born and raised in our own country, is attacking “soft targets” here.
The term “soft target” is a military one, referring to a person or thing that is relatively unprotected, undefended, or vulnerable, especially to a military or terrorist attack. While some states have taken steps to secure these places, here in Wyoming we have many such targets and they are, for the most part, unprotected from attacks by wrongdoers. Some examples? The dam at Glendo, the Oil Refineries off of I-80 in Cheyenne and Sinclair, and the wind farm in Arlington. There are many more throughout the state.
Perhaps Governor Matt Mead should request that a study be made of the locations of others, and then efforts should be undertaken to secure these sites from harm.