America is experiencing yet another wave of violence in response to police shooting a black man. The message of those committing the violence is clear: If police shoot a black man, regardless of the circumstances, widespread violence will follow.
Does this violence constitute domestic terrorism?
To answer this question, we need only turn to the definition of domestic terrorism as laid out in federal law. The bills that gave rise to these laws were proposed in the House, modified in the Senate, and negotiations transpired until the bill was finalized and submitted to the President for either approval or veto. Obviously, it was approved and now stands as law in the Federal Register kept by the Library of Congress.
This law is based upon centuries of experience both here at home and abroad, met stringent reviews of Constitutional law along the way, and has withstood the test of time throughout the federal court system over the years.
Here is the law:
Title 18 – CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
Part I – CRIMES
Chapter 113B – TERRORISM
A.K.A. 18 U.S. Code § 2331
(5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2331
(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended—
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States
The violence our nation has experienced near-daily since May 2020, meets all tests, except perhaps kidnapping:
- The violence is dangerous to human life. Many lives have been lost.
- It does violate criminal laws of both the state in which it occurs as well as the United States.
- The oft-repeated demands of the violent criminals are clearly intended to intimidate both police as well as both individual citizens and society in general, coercing them to back off and let the criminals “do their thing.”
- The demands have repeatedly been directed at local, county, state and the federal government, as well.
- While the total value of the destruction has yet to be assessed, it’s at least $100 million and likely in excess of $1 billion, thereby meeting the definition of “mass destruction.”
- More than a dozen police officers and an unknown number of citizens have been assassinated.
- The violence has occurred within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
Yes, this violence most certainly is domestic terrorism. It does not merely meet the minimum requirements of domestic terrorism. Rather, it meets all requirements save perhaps kidnapping.
One key observation: When this violence raises its head in cities controlled by conservatives, it is quickly squashed. In cities and states under Democrat control, however, it has largely been either ignored or pandered.
Democrat leaders are caving in to domestic terrorism. As with all terrorism, pandering only only spawns more domestic terrorism. America learned a very hard-won lesson decades ago:
The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.
The simple reality is, you cannot negotiate with terrorists as their goals have nothing to do with arriving at any sort of an objectively fair and lawful agreement. They’re not after fair settlements. They’re after power, and unlawfully-obtained power, at that, such as power over the police and power to commit crime with impunity. Negotiating with terrorists only confirms to them their tactics of violence are working. It encourages even more violence and even more outrageous demands.
Our society is at the point where a clear counter-message must be sent: Violent criminal behavior will be met with whatever amount of force is necessary to stop that violence, immediately, and without question. If you don’t want to be caught in the crossfire, then do not be anywhere near areas of unlawful violence.
Do the police make lethal mistakes? Yes, they do, at a rate of about 1 out of 10,000. The other 9,999 times, their mistakes are either non-existent, or at the very least, they’re non-lethal.
Here’s what YOU can do to minimize their error rate of the police: COMPLY. If you feel you were wronged, you can sue them later, and you’re far more likely to be alive to do so.
The United States does NOT negotiate with terrorists, foreign OR domestic, and the ongoing use of violence as a means of garnering attention or advancing a cause IS MOST CERTAINLY DOMESTIC TERRORISM.
Those who engage in terrorism can expect a one-way trip to GITMO.
We the People of the United States of America have NO problem with violence being used to restore the order of law against CRIMINALS who use violence to disrupt the rule of law.
We the People HATE terrorism. If you feel this message is directed at you, you just MIGHT want to reevaluate your line of thinking. Here, let me help you:
As you can clearly see, murder of blacks by blacks is more than 10 times greater than the murder of blacks by whites. Shooting of blacks by police officers is 7.2% of all blacks either murdered or shot by police as compared to 11.6% of all whites either murdered or shot by police.
Whatever their gripe, it is not about police brutality. Not rationally, anyway. The black community has far bigger fish to fry than to use domestic terrorism as a means of getting “free shit.”