The horrible weekend in Colorado when this weird guy went to a Planned Parenthood Center and took hostages and killed many……3 to be exact and 9 in hospital……the bad guy was taken into custody and will face justice for his actions.
Of course the conversation is all about being political correct…..the Right is blaming the media and liberals and the Left is blaming whoever is closest…..bu the conversation that most interest me (saying “interest” is a sarcastic statement on my part)……the debate on whether to call it terrorism or not….
The media has turned this subject into several days of debate among different pundits….they are getting as much mileage out of this situation as possible…..
This is a no brainer…..since this was a crime then the FBI “official” definition should apply…….
“Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
- Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
- Appear 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
- Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.
People like this person are no different than those of ISIS…..attempting to force their twisted beliefs on everyone…..
Then there is the only defining quality of terrorism may be the fact that it invites argument, since the label “terrorism” or “terrorist” arises when there is disagreement over whether an act of violence is justified (and those who justify it label themselves “revolutionaries” or “freedom fighters,” etc.). So, in one sense, it may be fair to say that terrorism is exactly violence (or the threat of violence) in context where there will be disagreement over the use of that violence.
Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, does not think the deadly attack Friday at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood qualifies as terrorism: “I don’t think it would fall under quite the definition of domestic terrorism, although I’ll leave that to the Justice Department to make that determination.”
Not all Repubs agree om this either……even Huckabee sees it as “domestic terrorism”…….
What he did is domestic terrorism, and what he did is absolutely abominable, especially to us in the pro-life movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way on something like this.
But just because an act is violent doesn’t mean it qualifies as domestic terrorism, said former ATF Special Agent John Risenhoover. He has investigated domestic terrorism cases before. During his more than two decades with the agency, Risenhoover worked on the Oklahoma City bombing, which remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
“One of the things that’s really tough when you talk about domestic terrorism is you have to prove intent and motivation,” Risenhoover said. “There has to be a goal. Usually political, usually to influence government.”
And this near-sighted fool does not see a goal in this act? Is he any kin to Homer Simpson?
Of course it is domestic terrorism and if you accept the definition presented by the FBI then there is NO more debate…..it was an act of domestic terrorism! PERIOD!
Any other debate would be disingenuous……but then there is an election coming.