Protesting is terrorism?

Whoa. (h/t SayUncle)

I used to be a “card carrying member” of the ACLU, and while I am no longer I am still thankful they are around because while I don’t always agree with them they are certainly a vital force in keeping our country free.

Antiterrorism training materials used by the Department of Defense teach that public protests should be regarded as “low level terrorism,” according to a letter of complaint sent to the department today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

“Teaching employees that dissent on issues of public concern is something to be feared, rather than encouraged, is a dangerously counterproductive use of scarce security resources, making us less safe as a democracy,” Northern California ACLU Staff Attorney Ann Brick and ACLU Washington National Security Policy Council Michael German wrote in the letter to Gail McGinn, Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

“DoD employees cannot accomplish their mission of protecting our nation and its values unless they understand that those values encompass the right to criticize our government through protest activities,” they wrote. “It is imperative that they are taught the difference between political, religious or social activism and terrorism.”

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2 thoughts on “Protesting is terrorism?”

  1. As usual, whenever the American government or one of its agencies does something, the ACLU reacts precipitously.

    The Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms defines terrorism as:

    The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.

    Given that definition, protests – by nature a crowd of angry people – would qualify as the low end of that definition.

    And, of course, this is the DoD definition. The very nature of that group leads to stark definitions that are always geared to take the worst-case scenario into mind. Which is why they’re NOT a civilian law enforcement body.

  2. yo jonolan go jump into on coming traffic and do us all a favor. you have no idea what the common law of america was supposed to be. you have no idea that the USA is a corporation and the usA is the real country you dumb a$$.this country is currently under maritime admiralty law because we signed our rights away at birth with the birth certificate and the social security number and FDIC banks etc etc etc DO SOME RESEARCH ON YOUR COUNTRY’S LAW

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