Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
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Oregon Law Would Jail War Protesters as Terrorists

An Oregon anti-terrorism bill would jail street-blocking protesters for at least 25 years in a thinly veiled effort to discourage anti-war demonstrations, critics say.

The bill has met strong opposition but lawmakers still expect a debate on the definition of terrorism and the value of free speech before a vote by the state senate judiciary committee, whose Chairman, Republican Senator John Minnis, wrote the proposed legislation.

Dubbed Senate Bill 742, it identifies a terrorist as a person who "plans or participates in an act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to disrupt" business, transportation, schools, government, or free assembly.


from "Oregon Law Would Jail War Protesters as Terrorists" (passed on to me by jenlight)
Uh, last time I checked my dictionary, the definition of "terrorist" requires that a person create terror rather than merely "disrupt."

Clearly it's the Oregon lawmakers who are the terrorists around here.

Oh, and . . . ! From another article, this one passed on via heron61: "They may be the ones facing danger on the battlefield, but US soldiers in Iraq are being asked to pray for President George W. Bush. Thousands of marines have been given a pamphlet called 'A Christian's Duty,' a mini prayer book which includes a tear-out section to be mailed to the White House pledging the soldier who sends it in has been praying for Bush."
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