PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Homegrown terrorism is on the forefront of everyone’s mind since the San Bernardino shooting was classified as a terrorism case. But what does this mean for Oregon?
Oregon is no stranger to terrorist activity. In 2010, Mohamed Mohamud tried to detonate a bomb near Pioneer Courthouse Square during the tree lighting ceremony.
“We’ve had a number of cases here for sure,” said Dwight Holton, former US Attorney for Oregon, who oversaw the Mohamud case.
Despite the reports, he is reluctant to connect the two shooters in the San Bernardino massacre to ISIS, saying he still needs more evidence. But if it is a matter of terrorism, something needs to change quickly.
“Our biggest challenge here is making sure that we don’t have homegrown extremism of any sort.”
Holton also warns against alienating or scrutinizing Muslim Americans. He believes that will only create fertile ground for radicalization.