Yet again, the news is filled with stories of a New York Terror Attack. How do cognitive dissonance and the continued stream of terrorist attacks in New York City work together? We examine the 25 year history of Muslim Terror in NYC and how it is being dealt with today.
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- Quiet Time by SilencerShop.com: Hands on projects to calm the spirit
- Religion of Peace: Cognitive Dissonance https://www.simplypsychology.org
- What to Know About the Attack in New York City Today http://time.com
- De Blasio attends ‘I Am a Muslim Too’ rally https://nypost.com
- Attacks: Twin Towers 1993, 9/11/01, Home Depot Truck, Port Authority, Hatchet attack, NYPD Officer Assassinated
- Attacker With Hatchet Is Said to Have Grown Radical on His Own https://www.nytimes.com
- 2 NYPD Officers assassinated by Black Muslim, that fact was buried
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Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance, etc.
For example, when people smoke (behavior) and they know that smoking causes cancer (cognition).
Festinger’s (1957) cognitive dissonance theory suggests that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony and avoid disharmony (or dissonance). This is known as the principle of cognitive consistency.
Cognitive dissonance was first investigated by Leon Festinger, arising out of a participant observation study of a cult which believed that the earth was going to be destroyed by a flood, and what happened to its members ? particularly the really committed ones who had given up their homes and jobs to work for the cult ? when the flood did not happen.
While fringe members were more inclined to recognize that they had made fools of themselves and to “put it down to experience,” committed members were more likely to re-interpret the evidence to show that they were right all along (the earth was not destroyed because of the faithfulness of the cult members).
Authorities said a 27-year-old man set off an explosive device that was strapped to his body at New York City’s Port Authority on Monday in a “terror-related” attack that minimally injured three bystanders and seriously wounded the suspect.
The suspect, who authorities identified as Akayed Ullah, was wearing the device when it went off about 7:20 a.m. in an underground walkway near the Times Square shuttle, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. He was taken into custody with serious injuries, including burns and lacerations to his hands and abdomen, officials said.
“This was an attempted terrorist attack,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Monday. “Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals.”
Here’s what we know so far about the attack in New York City today:
Where was the explosion in New York today?
The low-technology explosive device was detonated underground near the Port Authority, a major transportation hub for New York City residents and visitors near Times Square, authorities said. The Port Authority was temporarily closed but has now reopened. More than a dozen subway lines were either detoured or suspended in the immediate aftermath of the attack, although most have resumed their normal routes.
Some 2,000 people protested President Trump’s travel ban Sunday at a Times Square rally that featured Mayor de Blasio, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and Chelsea Clinton.
The “Today, I Am a Muslim Too” rally took direct aim at Trump voters in middle America who Simmons hopes will “question their government.”
“We are here to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intentions, that they have been misled,” he said. “They’ll see our rally; they’ll question their government.”
The hatchet-wielding man who attacked several police officers in Queens was described by police officials on Friday as a “self-radicalized” Muslim convert who was inspired by terrorist groups like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, but who most likely acted alone and on his own initiative.
The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Zale H. Thompson, 32, set upon four New York City police officers as they posed for a photograph on Jamaica Avenue just after 2 p.m. Thursday, striking one in the arm and another in the head, before he was shot and killed by the other officers. A stray bullet also struck a bystander in the back.
The episode underscored the challenges to identifying isolated threats and preventing attacks. Mr. Thompson had never drawn the attention of law enforcement, the police commissioner, William J. Bratton, said, despite evidence that he had become radicalized in recent years.
After speaking with Mr. Thompson’s relatives, authorities determined that he had converted to Islam two years ago. His online history shows that he had recently visited websites related to the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Al Shabab, the military Islamist group based in Somalia, and viewed videos of beheadings, said John Miller, who oversees intelligence and counterterrorism for the Police Department.
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