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  • June 2, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Unpacking Terrorism: The word terrorism is used extensively by government officials and by news media, but there is no uniformly accepted academic or internationally recognized legal definition of the term. Why is this term chosen on occasion, rather than the very precise legal definitions of a given crime, such as murder?  Who decides what counts as terrorism and what does not?  Who stands to benefit from the use of the term?  Who loses?


http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/terrorism/terrorism-definition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Definition_of_terrorism

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/04/20134179548891867.html

http://www.debatingmatters.com/globaluncertainties/opinion/what_is_terrorism/



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  • A former member
    A former member

    People with diverse backgrounds and ideas. No one hogged the floor. Discussions moved along well, lots of topics.

    June 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I apologize for not making it out tonight. I will be back!

    June 2, 2014

    • Molly

      No worries, Kim! See you next time!

      June 2, 2014

  • chuck

    Molly, you structured the topic far better than I could. As always, very well done.

    May 27, 2014

    • Molly

      You are too kind...did somebody pay you to write that? LOL It is a group effort, always:) See you tonight!

      June 2, 2014

  • Tammy

    Some people use guns to defend their homes. In many places guns are illegal and/or scarce so people use whatever resources are readily available to defend their collective homes from an enemy that uses, y'know, bombs, tanks, and drones. It’s all a matter of perspective. Imagine a reality in which southern Texas is one of the most dispossessed areas of an impoverished US. The Texas border is invaded by Mexican nationalists, infamous for violently encroaching contiguous borders. There is no army or National Guard to come to their aid because those who control those resources share a common ideology with the Mexican nationalists. A Texas militia forms to tackle the problem using *whatever resources are available to them to defend their homes*. The actions of the Mexican nationalists are acts of war. The militia uses bombs for protection. The militia uses suicide bombers who target the families of the invaders in their home countries.

    June 1, 2014

  • Tammy

    An eye-for-eye is their rationale. The militia also however runs hospitals, schools and news organizations. They feed, shelter and protect the needy but they also are deemed terrorists. And anyone who donates resources to the hospitals, schools, shelters, etc. used by the innocent is guilty of providing material support to terrorists.... A scenario that is not that dissimilar to how some "terrorists" are currently perceived.

    June 1, 2014

  • Tammy

    “Terrorism” is a tool used by the state to conform to and reinforce a predominant ideology in a manner that doesn’t attract much scrutiny. It's a catch-all phrase whereby complex events are simplified into adolescent narratives so we know who the boogeyman is. Even though he rarely rears his ugly face but THANK GOD someone is there to remind us he exists. Otherwise we might lose focus of the *real problem* instead of trembling at the mere mention of the name.

    June 1, 2014

  • chuck

    I vote outside

    June 1, 2014

  • Jerry

    We are going to try to sit outside on the patio since it looks like it will be nice weather.

    June 1, 2014

  • Molly

    Special thanks to Chuck for providing the framing and many of the links!!:)

    May 27, 2014

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