Terror law invoked in non-terror case

Here’s some evidence of the slippery slope as we sacrifice our former rights in the name of the GWOT:

In the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, 36 states enacted laws that would guarantee harsher sentences in terrorism cases. Gov. George E. Pataki signed New York’s law within six days of the attack. Like the others, it was aimed at international terrorism organizations like Al Qaeda.

But yesterday, in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, jurors for the first time found a defendant guilty under New York’s statute, and he did not fit the stereotype of a terrorist. The defendant, Edgar Morales, is a 25-year-old recreational soccer player and gang member who fatally shot a 10-year-old girl and wounded a second man outside a christening party in 2002.

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We have been assured that such things as warrantless wiretapping, torture, and suspension of habeas corpus will not be used except in going after terrorists.  But wasn’t that the reason this New York law was created as well, only to go after terrorists?  How long until these other activities are used against non-terrorists?  Is it happening already?

~ Egreggious

2 thoughts on “Terror law invoked in non-terror case

  1. I have no doubt that the terror laws are being used already. There are the cases mentioned in article, but it’s a good bet that people in this country have “disappeared” and are being held without charge under terror laws — somewhere.

  2. I am sorry. I have to agree in this case. Street gangs are terrorist organizations. Everything about them is based on terror. Their tattoos, their dress, the way they walk, the way they talk.

    Everything a gang stands for is terrorizing a neighborhood/city. I live in a nice part of Southern California, but I had to work me way up. I have lived in neighborhoods where you couldn’t go outside of your own front door for fear of getting shot.

    Yes, fear of getting shot. Not because I am white, just because I was on “their turf.”

    Gangs are terrorist organizations, just like the mafia and al Qaeda.

    Are these laws being twisted to “disappear” people that the admin doesn’t want around? I am sure of it.

    Should this guy be charged as a terrorist? 100%

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