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  • CNN: The Oregon Protesters Are Domestic Terrorists

    Several days after two California Muslims shot up a government office, massacring 14, national journalists refused to call it Islamic terrorism, despite the overwhelming  evidence of the shooters’ motive.

    The mainstream media rushed to make the connection to “right-wing domestic terrorism” when a Colorado Christian entered a Planned Parenthood clinic and fatally shot three people,  even though police hadn’t made any connection and the evidence was thin.

    After armed protesters took over a federal building this weekend, liberals eagerly began labeling these folks as terrorists.

    From 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 the Oregon protest was a BLM march, or a Ferguson style race riot, there would be tears of sympathy, along with fire-hoses, K-9s and tear gas, rubber bullets, armored vehicles etc. to prevent the rioters and looters from burning the city down.

    Liberal setting fires to private property, assaulting private business owners and wrecking private property is all “peaceful,” so long as you are not white.

    The heroic freedom fighters, battling for equality by burning the city of Ferguson down are “demonstrators.” The armed protesters who are taking over an empty building in the middle of nowhere, without violence or damage of any kind, are terrorists.


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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