A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Judge: Terrorism is not Terrorism

This one takes the cake:

Ottawa — A judge has struck down what he calls an “essential element” of Canada's legal definition of terrorism, saying it infringes on freedom of religion, thought and association guaranteed in the Charter of Rights...Justice Rutherford, in a 32-page written decision, zeroed in on the provision that makes proof of terrorism dependent on showing a religious, political or ideological motive for the criminal activity. He wrote that this definition is “an essential element that is not only novel in Canadian law, but the impact of which constitutes an infringement of certain fundamental freedoms . . . including those of religion, thought, belief, opinion, expression and association.” Such an infringement, said Justice Rutherford, “cannot be justified in a free and democratic society.”

Got that? Terrorism isn't terrorism. If you attack the people of a nation because of your political, religious or ideological beliefs, you aren't committing terrorism.

Someone should send this judge a dictionary. Or Google, even:

Definitions of terrorism on the Web:

  • is defined by the US Department of Defense as "the unlawful use of -- or threatened use of -- force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives."
  • The FBI defines terrorism as "the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
  • Any act including, but not limited to, the use of force or violence and/or threat thereof of any person or group(s) of persons whether acting alone or on behalf of, or in connection with, any organisation(s) or government(s) committed for political, religions, ideological or similar purposes, including the intention to influence any government and/or to put the public or any section of the public in fear.
  • Terrorist activities are illegal and involve the use of coercion including the use of force, intended to intimidate or coerce, and committed in support of political or social objectives.
  • the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
  • Terrorism is a controversial and subjective term with multiple definitions. One definition means a violent action targetting civilians exclusively. Another definition is the use or threatened use of violence for the purpose of creating fear in order to achieve a political, economic, religious, or ideological goal. ...

  • H/T National Newswatch. Yeesh.

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