by Kurt Nimmo, Infowars:
Juliette Kayyem, billed as a CNN National Security Analyst, has defined Ammon Bundy and the other people occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as domestic terrorists.
“Let’s begin with what to call the Oregon anti-government protesters who have taken over a federal building. The men, heavily armed, urging others to come support their cause, and claiming somehow that, while peaceful, they will ‘defend’ themselves whatever it takes, are—by any definition—domestic terrorists.”
By any definition?
Here is the dictionary definition of terrorism:
The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
Bundy and his compatriots have so far not threatened violence against the government. They have said, however, if the government uses violence they will respond in kind.
Is trespassing terrorism? Is self-defense terrorism? Is trespassing intimidation and coercion?
It seems CNN thinks so.
CNN is also demonstrating its ignorance when it comes to firearms. Kayyem writes the occupiers are heavily armed. They are not. So far, it appears the men have long rifles and possibly sidearms. This by any definition is not “heavily armed.” Of course, for liberals deadly afraid of firearms, this is probably considered heavily armed.
To decipher their cause is difficult, but it appears they do not like the fact that one of their rancher kin is going to jail for arson because he didn’t want to sell his land. Only the most ardent backers of their causes or those with an anti-federal government paranoia (or an anti-Obama one) are trying to slice and dice what the group is doing to make it seem somehow benign. It is not.
No, Ms. Kayyem, the Hammonds are going to prison for accidentally burning BLM land, not arson. According to the government this act of accidental fire is terrorism. The judge in the case compared the fire to “eco-terrorism” and the pair were charged in what amounts to double jeopardy under a 1996 domestic terrorism law.
The dictionary comes into play again.
Arson: the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property.
The fire was not deliberate, it was inadvertent. It happens all the time when ranchers start fires to combat invasive species. In fact, the BLM does this on the land it claims to own. Fires started by the government routinely destroy private property, but CNN does not talk about this.
If Kayyem had done her research, she would discover many “anti-federal government” political activists disagree with the occupation of the wildlife refuge and consider it counterproductive.
CNN insists it does not want another Waco. It suggests the government surround the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge gift center and wait it out.
This is precisely what Bundy and his supporters want. Bundy has said his people are prepared to stay at the center for years if need be. If this happens, it will produce a media circus that will keep Bundy’s message in the media on a fairly regular basis, especially if the feds bring in a lot of military equipment, as they did at Waco.
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