Is Confronting Federal Power an Act of Domestic Terrorism?

Senator Harry Reid calls Bundy protesters domestic terrorists. But what act of terrorism did they commit? Meanwhile, the President’s adviser on Homeland Security says that families and communities can recognize homegrown terrorism by looking out for a “confrontational child.” Turns out, if you look at what happened in Nevada, the answer may be “yes.” Ben explains and plays the words of these bureaucrats for you to hear.

Just over a week ago, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) called protesters at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada “domestic terrorists.” Well what act of terrorism did they commit? Is standing up to government or dissension terrorism?

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On the heels of the situation in Nevada, the president’s Homeland Security adviser has come out explaining some of the warning signs, if you will, on how to recognize home grown terrorism.

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The comment was made on PBS Newshour by Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for Homeland Security, as she was talking about how to recognize home grown terrorism. The criteria, she said was:

“In 80% of the cases, community members saw warning signs, but they didn’t see them as an indicator of a problem, whether it was a teacher hearing from a student that they were interested in traveling abroad to fight; whether it was a parent seeing a kid being more confrontational. We have to learn together and educate community members, trusted community members, who can come and intervene and point that, usually, youth to a different path.”

It seems like a strange statement, doesn’t it? A parent dealing with a kid who is confrontational, is a sign that your child might become a terrorist? Confrontational doesn’t equal terrorism, does it? Go back to the comments made by Senator Harry Reid.

“These people, who hold themselves out to be patriots, are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists.”

“We live in a country where people follow the law and what went on up in Mesquite is not very good. I repeat, what went on up there is domestic terrorism.”

Well, again, what act of terrorism was committed? Oh yes, confrontation!

Keep in mind that not one protester, out of the 800, who showed up to support the Bundys, committed one single act of reported violence, not one. All the violent acts that came from Nevada came from Federal Agents: The tasing of Cliven Bundy’s son, the throwing of a woman recovering from cancer to the ground,…those acts were committed by the Bureau of Land Management. The killing of cattle, the destruction of property…those were acts committed by federal agents. The protesters didn’t fire a shot, didn’t throw a punch, didn’t damage property, but they did confront federal power.

It’s that act of confrontation that has the power structure so concerned. In fact, they are so concerned that those who are willing to confront power are now being referred to as “domestic terrorists.”


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