Thursday, March 06, 2008

Yes, Mr. President, It WAS

.. an act of terrorism, by our own definition.

If you think bombing a military recruitment center is a simple act of political dissent and disobedience, I am glad you only have eight percent of your term left to go.

From Wikipedia:

The United States has defined terrorism under the Federal Criminal Code. Chapter 113B of Part I of Title 18 of the United States Code defines terrorism and lists the crimes associated with terrorism.[14] In Section 2331 of Chapter 113b, terrorism is defined as:

…activities that involve violent… or life-threatening acts… that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State and… appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and… (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States… [or]… (C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States…"

This activity:

  • Was violent
  • Was a violation of the criminal laws
  • Appeared to be intended to at least achieve (i) and (ii)
  • Occured within US territory

So, there.


RT said...

It's terrorism in my book. As far as I'm concerned, the ricin incident was a work of terrorism of some sort in the making.

The government is getting on my nerves. Big time.

Wyatt Earp said...

Agreed. It is a textbook case of terrorism, perpetuated against our country, and more importantly, on the grounds of a recruiting center.

Insolublog said...

RT - It is also getting worse, as these people sniff political power on the horizon.

Wyatt - Textbook and Lawbook. But given our government's track record on law enforcement (i.e. cue Mexican border) I suspect some liberal judge will chalk it up to free speech.