Friday, February 19, 2010
Terrorism is the single most meaningless, manipulated word in the political lexicon. Nothing to do with the act, only identity - "a Muslim who fights against or even expresses hostility towards the United States, Israel and their allies."
It is the all-justifying term for anything the U.S. Government does. Invasions, torture, due-process-free detentions, military commissions, drone attacks, warrantless surveillance, obsessive secrecy, and even assassinations of American citizens are all justified by the claim that it's only being done to "Terrorists," who, by definition, have no rights.
Even worse, one becomes a "Terrorist" not through any judicial adjudication or other formal process, but solely by virtue of the untested, unchecked say-so of the Executive Branch.