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Re: Would you buy a 2nd-hand metaphor from this man?
Keith and Lawrence,
Excuse me for joining the thread but it is worth pointing out that Avery
(and his disciples ) have begun to carelessly throw the term "terrorist"
at many that they do not agree with and people who are honestly
discussing important issues of health and humanity. I am including a
discussion of the legal definition of terrorism below. Avery seems to be
knowingly accusing us of criminal acts but our actions come nowhere near
the actual legal definition of "terrorism". It seems to me that Avery
and his crew seriously wish to see us incarcerated and they are
approaching this goal in a cold blooded manner. Such things have been a
side effect of the study of genetics ever since its rediscovery in 1904,
but a remedy for Avery might make life less hectic and worrisome for us.
Definitions of Terrorism
The question of a definition of terrorism has haunted the debate among
states for decades. A first attempt to arrive at an internationally
acceptable definition was made under the League of Nations, but the
convention drafted in 1937 never came into existence. The UN Member
States still have no agreed-upon definition. Terminology consensus
would, however, be necessary for a single comprehensive convention on
terrorism, which some countries favour in place of the present 12
piecemeal conventions and protocols.
The lack of agreement on a definition of terrorism has been a major
obstacle to meaningful international countermeasures. Cynics have often
commented that one state's "terrorist" is another state's "freedom fighter".
If terrorism is defined strictly in terms of attacks on non-military
targets, a number of attacks on military installations and soldiers'
residences could not be included in the statistics.
In order to cut through the Gordian definitional knot, terrorism expert
A. Schmid suggested in 1992 in a report for the then UN Crime Branch
that it might be a good idea to take the existing consensus on what
constitutes a "war crime" as a point of departure. If the core of war
crimes - deliberate attacks on civilians, hostage taking and the killing
of prisoners - is extended to peacetime, we could simply define acts of
terrorism as "peacetime equivalents of war crimes".
Proposed Definitions of Terrorism
1. League of Nations Convention (1937):
"All criminal acts directed against a State and intended or calculated
to create a state of terror in the minds of particular persons or a
group of persons or the general public".
2. UN Resolution language (1999):
"1. Strongly condemns all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as
criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whomsoever committed;
2. Reiterates that criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a
state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular
persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable,
whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological,
racial, ethnic, religious or other nature that may be invoked to justify
them". (GA Res. 51/210 Measures to eliminate international terrorism)
3. Short legal definition proposed by A. P. Schmid to United Nations
Crime Branch (1992):
Act of Terrorism = Peacetime Equivalent of War Crime
4. Academic Consensus Definition:
"Terrorism is an anxiety-inspiring method of repeated violent action,
employed by (semi-) clandestine individual, group or state actors, for
idiosyncratic, criminal or political reasons, whereby - in contrast to
assassination - the direct targets of violence are not the main targets.
The immediate human victims of violence are generally chosen randomly
(targets of opportunity) or selectively (representative or symbolic
targets) from a target population, and serve as message generators.
Threat- and violence-based communication processes between terrorist
(organization), (imperilled) victims, and main targets are used to
manipulate the main target (audience(s)), turning it into a target of
terror, a target of demands, or a target of attention, depending on
whether intimidation, coercion, or propaganda is primarily sought"
Lawrence F. London, Jr. wrote:
Keith Addison wrote:
He won't tell you about the well-worn retreads, amonst other things.
So how does it feel to be anti-GMO and to know that it brackets you with
murderers, the KKK and the 9/11 bombers?
Hudson Institute > American Outlook > Publication Details
September 26, 2002
Environmentalists Turn to Terrorism
by Dennis T. Avery
Typical dumbed-down mentality. Same thing happened here in NC. On local
during an interview in a talk show, a representative of the NCDA, in
charge of some new department
said that he included environmental activists who go out and destroy
test plots of GMO crops as part
of the "terrorist threat" the nation currently has to face. If he had
thought about it a little more
he probably would not have said that.