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Nov302005

Moi? ...a terrorist?

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Wednesday November 30
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Yesterday I was called a Terrorist in retaliation for saying on another (American) blog (morning Natalie) "You guys are the new terrorists". That got me to thinking (yeah...yeah - a somewhat rare occurrence) - am I really a terrorist? What is a terrorist anyway? So what better place to go for a definition than the Central Intelligence Agency's own website C.I.A Look under "Reference - Terrorism FAQS"

It starts with the agency's guidelines on "recruiting individuals with unsavory backgrounds -

"Aren't there restrictions on CIA's recruitment of criminals and other unsavory characters?

The CIA has not been constrained from recruiting individuals with unsavory backgrounds.

Whereas previous guidelines simply required field officers to obtain prior CIA Headquarters approval before establishing a relationship with an individual who has committed serious crimes, human rights abuses, or other repugnant acts, those guidelines have been changed to allow field officers greater latitude in making such decisions.

CIA officers may now establish a relationship with such individuals without seeking prior CIA Headquarters approval, where there is a reasonable likelihood that those individuals have access to threat information of importance to the United States or its allies. Authority to approve the establishment of such relationships has been delegated to CIA field managers, but provisions to keep CIA Headquarters informed of such decisions remain in effect.

The greatest challenge is to penetrate the terrorist networks themselves. This effort requires an extensive analytic effort to understand shadowy terrorist organizations, train CIA officers in their language, deploy them among their culture, and support them in the dangerous and enormously difficult mission of penetrating these groups. These challenges are the focus of our efforts."

In other words Campers The ends justify the means.

"How do you define terrorism?

The Intelligence Community is guided by the definition of terrorism contained in Title 22 of the US Code, Section 2656f(d):

—The term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.

—The term “international terrorism” means terrorism involving the territory or the citizens of more than one country.

—The term “terrorist group” means any group that practices, or has significant subgroups that practice, international terrorism."

"Any group that practises, or has significant subgroups that practise, international terrorism." Oh...you mean the United States, its military, its C.I.A. and its torture cells?

And take note of "politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets"

You mean like all the innocent people around the world having the shit bombed out of them by the American (and British, Australian etc) forces. People just going about their lives.

Am I wrong? Am I misguided? Who is the terrorist here? Please explain.

At the same time I was also called a Unabomber by the same individual. That's the Unabomber's mugshot uptop. In case you've forgotten who he is - "He lives in a ten by twelve cell. He escaped the death penalty. He’s given cooking tips to a secret agent and written a screed on how Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh got it wrong.

In short, he’s full of gratuitous advice on how to run the world." Taken from Crime Library

Here's an extract from the Introduction to the Unabomber's Manifesto -

"Leftists tend to hate anything that has an image of being strong, good and successful. They hate America, they hate Western civilization, they hate white males, they hate rationality. The reasons that leftists give for hating the West, etc. clearly do not correspond with their real motives. They SAY they hate the West because it is warlike, imperialistic, sexist, ethnocentric and so forth, but where these same faults appear in socialist countries or in primitive cultures, the leftist finds excuses for them, or at best he GRUDGINGLY admits that they exist; whereas he ENTHUSIASTICALLY points out (and often greatly exaggerates) these faults where they appear in Western civilization. Thus it is clear that these faults are not the leftist's real motive for hating America and the West. He hates America and the West because they are strong and successful."

And it's a funny thing...because this is more or less what these guys on Ellas Blog have been saying about me.

For the record. Yeah...I'm to the Left but I don't consider myself a Leftist. I don't hate America. I've said below that "I despise the dumb-fucks". Don't take that as "hating America". I don't hate Western civilization (I choose to live in one of the most civilized cities, after all). Ditto for the rest of it. I despise Communism as well. I'm anti-war and I'm anti the Americans dropping bombs on civilians and torturing people.

Do you really think I'm a Unabomber? Although I must admit the bit about "he's full of gratuitous advice on how to run the world" has me worried.

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