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Terrorism

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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ter·ror·ism

[ter-uh-riz-uhm] Show IPA

noun
1.
the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2.
the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3.
a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

Origin:
1785–95; terror + -ism
 
 
 
When you see this definition, who do you think of? What comes to mind?
 
I think of our government. By definition, our government is terrorist, using acts which produce extreme fear---terror---for political purposes, to systematically strip away our rights.
 
Boston is on lock-down? A suspect (who turned out to be a false suspect) is stripped naked and left standing on a sidewalk in plain view while interrogated? The public is told not to tweet about police activity?
 
"V For Vendetta" is not an instruction manual.
 
 


"Roger that. Over."

R   A   D    I    O    H    E    I    D

by on Apr. 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Military industrial complex.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Quoting radioheid:

the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

the
state of
fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.

I dislike the definition.

I define terrorism as the tactic of committing violent acts in a manner that generates disproportionate terror of future such acts, with the intention of motivating a target group to comply with a specific agenda.

Bombing a city killing lots of civilians will cause terror, but it isn't terrorism if the objective was primarily to kill those civilians rather than primarily to manipulate the survivors via the terror so caused.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Quoting radioheid:

who do you think of? What comes to mind?

The Baader-Meinhof gang.

Robespierre.

Genghis Khan.


LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Apr. 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

That's not terrorism, it's dictatorship.

Totalitarian style.

tscritch
by Silver Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

 I don't know about the false suspect, but if they fear that a suicide vest is involved, I can get why they had him strip. I can also understand the lockdown and the not wanting their activity being transmitted everywhere. If there are people all out and about then the suspect can either A) be lost in plain sight in the crowd B)kill a lot of people.

With social media, you can only assume the suspect has access to it and can know where the police are and what they are doing...he can plan accordingly.

I don't think for this situation, either request is out of line or an evil gov't plot against the people of Boston.

stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I think there are many acts that do not involve violence that can be terrorist.


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