First off, let us define what terrorism really is and if there is a real definitive definition of terrorism, which by the way, there is not.
According to published data since 2001, terrorism is defined as follows: Terrorism 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
Definitions of Terrorism in the U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. § 2331 defines
“international terrorism” and “domestic terrorism” for purposes of
Chapter 113B of the Code, entitled “Terrorism”: “International terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
—Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
—Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
—Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.
“Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
—Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
—Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
—Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S. 18 U.S.C. § 2332b defines the term “federal crime of terrorism” as an offense that:
—Is calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct; and
—Is a violation of one of several listed statutes, including § 930(c) (relating to killing or attempted killing during an attack on a federal facility with a dangerous weapon); and § 1114 (relating to killing or attempted killing of officers and employees of the U.S.).
FISA defines “international terrorism” in a nearly identical way, replacing “primarily” outside the U.S. with “totally” outside the U.S. 50 U.S.C. § 1801(c).
That is why pre-emption is being considered to be so important. In some cases, terrorism has been a means to carry on a conflict without the adversary realizing the nature of the threat, mistaking terrorism
for criminal activity. Because of these characteristics, terrorism has become increasingly common among those pursuing extreme goals throughout the world. But despite its popularity, terrorism can be a nebulous concept. Even within the U.S. Government, agencies responsible for different functions in the ongoing fight against terrorism and extremism use different definitions.
The United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as “the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.” Within this definition, there are three key elements — violence, fear, and intimidation — and each element produces terror in its victims. The FBI uses this definition: “Terrorism is the unlawful use of force and violence against persons
or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” The U.S. Department of State defines terrorism to be “premeditated politically-motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.”
As you can see the definition of Terrorism is rather vague and unclear and is subjective. Before any determination of whether or not an act is terrorism or not, much more thorough investigation needs to be
done. These snap decisions made directly after a crisis incident is just more proof that local, state and Federal agencies are attempting soften the implication of a terrorist act committed on our soil, and
possibly divert it to something else.
We have all seen other alleged crises used to further a political agenda, such as the Sandy Hook crisis, Boston Bombing, Oregon University Massacre, and lately, the San Bernadino Calif. Massacre.
When a crisis occurs that can’t be used as a political vehicle for an unholy agenda, then it is classified as a normal everyday occurrence and will be handled locally without any Federal interference or influence.
So now we have a massive casualty crash on the Las Vegas Strip, involving a suspect and a vehicle versus a multitude of innocent pedestrians, whereby the suspect repeatedly drove onto the sidewalk and back into the street, in order to injure or kill innocent pedestrians, and as quickly as local law enforcement announced that the suspect “Intentionally” committed this act, this is now considered NOT an act of Terrorism at all.
We are very fortunate that we have people in charge of our Health and Safety in this community, that have such a quick and accurate insight as to whether or not an act is Terrorism or just a customary and usual
criminal act of some head case. If everyone recalls we had those same types of insightful individuals on September 11, 2001 at the WTC.
Thirty-seven minutes after the alleged first plane hit the towers, Federal Officials declared an act of terrorism had occurred. That is sure quick insight and visionary power.
One last note, only Federal Officials can declare a Terrorist Act. Such as Senator Reid called Cliven Bundy and his supporters, “errorist.” Sounds political doesn’t it?
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Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who has served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He was a candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention
of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department, and filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011. Martines has appeared on “Face The Tribune” radio show several times and is currently the
host of “Open Mic” on Tuesdays and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. He contributes his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and help improve policing in Las Vegas. Gordon Martines can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.