Monday, August 30, 2004
Via Avedon Carol: David Neiwert of Orcinus wonders why the pipe-bombing of a Boston-area stem-cell lab is not being treated as an act of domestic terrorism. But then he answers his own question with a quote from top-spook-to-be Porter Goss:
"The trouble is, 'terrorism' is a very broad word, and it lends itself to a lot of mischief for people who would abuse common sense," Goss said. He then cited bombings of abortion clinics. "To me, that's not the kind of terrorism I'm talking about."While you're visiting Orcinus, scroll down and read the story of the anti-abortion protesters who took their bullhorns and their posters of mutilated fetuses to the wrong address.
"That's criminal law enforcement," Goss said. "But it would fit most broad definitions of terrorism because the purpose [of those attacks] is to scare people."