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Mission Creep: When Everything Is Terrorism

July 30, 2013

Stop Making Sense

From The Atlantic:

One of the assurances I keep hearing about the U.S. government’s spying on American citizens is that it’s only used in cases of terrorism. Terrorism is, of course, an extraordinary crime, and its horrific nature is supposed to justify permitting all sorts of excesses to prevent it. But there’s a problem with this line of reasoning: mission creep. The definitions of “terrorism” and “weapon of mass destruction” are broadening, and these extraordinary powers are being used, and will continue to be used, for crimes other than terrorism.

Back in 2002, the Patriot Act greatly broadened the definition of terrorism to include all sorts of “normal” violent acts as well as non-violent protests. The term “terrorist” is surprisingly broad; since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it has been applied to people you wouldn’t normally consider terrorists.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. flyingcuttlefish permalink
    July 30, 2013 11:36 am

    You know how to tell all these instances of ‘terrur’ are really just THEM doing black ops to shape the public mindset?
    When the town of West, Texas blows up or the 50,000 plus propane tanks blow up in Florida (last night) and right away “officials” declare it’s not a terrur attack.
    Of course they know it’s not … since THEY do the black ops everywhere with their nasty little commandos, SEALS and foreign-born brainwashed “assets”.

    • September 1, 2013 11:53 am

      Fancy seeing you here fcf. I so agree with you!

      • flyingcuttlefish permalink
        September 2, 2013 8:54 am

        😉

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