The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.
Have you noticed the not-so-subtle national change of perception regarding terrorists? Once upon a time we believed that terrorists were wild-eyed crazies with bombs strapped to their bodies wreaking massive destruction on a cowering populace - in far-away third-world countries. Silly us. Thankfully, our government has re-educated us. We now know that the real terror threats are much more insidious and difficult to detect. Homegrown terrorists - the real threat to the safety of our nation - can be found right in our own backyard. They are in our churches, our military and in the local Cabela's store. Terrorists are especially prevalent down lonely dirt roads and in isolated pockets of rural America. Heck, our very country was framed by radical terrorists! Can you believe how misguided we have been? Now, thanks to our government, we know that terrorism doesn't require any physical action at all but rather is simply present in "seditious thought".
Well, I for one am grateful to be armed with this new, revolutionary information. Knowledge is power, you know. Next time I see a news cast televising the destruction of lives and property at the hands of crazy-eyed folks with bombs strapped to their person, I will know they are just exercising their "religious freedom" and all is well. But you can be certain that now that I have been made aware of the real threat, I will be on high alert - ready to intercept "seditious thoughts" at every turn. With a new awareness of what constitutes terrorism, I can plug my children's ears when confronted with such life-destroying ideas as individual liberty! We can run screaming if we have the misfortune to come face to face with a returning military veteran. And don't even get me started about the so-called "Patriot Movement"!
In an effort to win the battle on the War on Terror, we must be educated. We must be on high alert, especially around:
- Those that are "suspicious of centralized federal authority"
- Anyone that "is frustrated with mainstream ideologies"
- Citizens that have "bumper stickers" that are patriotic or anti U.N.
- Those that possess "a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism"
And the list goes on and on. Please make sure to read the full text here! You don't want to miss a thing - your very survival could depend upon it!