< link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://pointprogression.powerblogs.com" /> < link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://pointprogression.powerblogs.com" /> Point Progression: Nugent a terrorist?

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Nugent a terrorist?

Is Ted Nugent a terrorist? The argument could be made, and good old Ted could be in a ’bit of trouble. Could be, mind you. He won’t be charged with any crimes though, our hypocritical GOP controlled government would never crucify one of the spokemen of a core constituency, but the argument could be made that his speech at the NRA's annual convention in Texas this Saturday incites domestic terrorism.

Why? Because according to Section 802 of the USA Patriot Act domestic terrorism:

"involves acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State".

Nugent would be fine, his speech is clearly not going to directly kill anyone. However, Section 411 of the Patriot Act also further defines terrorism as any action that could be deemed:

“to commit or to incite to commit, under circumstances indicating an intention to cause death or serious bodily injury”.

Clearly Nugent's inciting to his millions of fellow NRA members to ignore existing criminal law and take the role of judge, jury, and executioner violates both statues of the Patriot Act, thus defining him as a terrorist and punishable accordingly. Even if the people they wish to kill are in the process of committing a crime they are still entitled to their day in court, not a western style hangman's noose or the wrong end of a gun barrel. I'm not one to usually advocate the Patriot Act, but if we're going to have it we should at least use it fairly with everyone. Whether you're a major political proponent and/or detractor, whether you're a celebrity or the average Joe, it shouldn't matter.

Yet again apparently it does.

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