The man who attempted to set off a crudely-constructed explosive device in a mall in Littleton, Colorado. last week was charged today with one count of arson.
Earl Albert Moore was arrested and charged with arson for his failed attempt at setting off a crude pipe bomb at the Southwest Plaza Mall in Colorado, on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine killings. Investigators were able to identify Moore when the DNA found on items discovered at the crime scene matched Moore's in a federal database. (Moore was just recently released from federal prison where he spent five years for armed robbery.)
Why is Moore only being charged with arson? When did attempting to set off a bomb get downgraded from terrorism? The Times Square bomber, Faizal Shahzad, was charged with terrorism; why is this case different? The intents in both cases were to set off a bomb, kill, and terrorize. Moore's being an American-born citizen shouldn't matter - there are many Americans who have been charged with domestic terrorism.
Why is Moore's case different? Have we lost the backbone to call terroristic actions "terrorism" just because the perpetrators don't fit a certain profile?