Unattended Baggage

Considering the human behind an act of terror.

In the mythology of terrorism the terrorist is often reduced to a two-dimensional villain—the embodiment of evil. In this oversimplification the human who committed the murderous act is lost as is our ability understand how a human becomes so firmly attached to an ideology as to extinguish the lives of others in service to his or her ideal. The recent arrest of four elderly men in Georgia alleged to be conspirators in a plot to assassinate several government officials and use Ricin to kill scores of civilians pokes holes in the stereotype who commits acts of terror. These men are fathers and husbands, not lone wolves nor misguided youth. Unattended Baggage invites the viewer to consider the human behind the act without condoning the act itself.