Monday, June 22, 2009

DOD says protests = "low-level terrorism"

via BoingBoing:
A US Department of Defense training manual describes protest as "low-level terrorism." This is part of a broader trend of state agencies characterizing protest as a form of terrorism.
The first question of the Terrorism Threat Factors, "Knowledge Check 1" section reads as follows:

Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism activity?
Select the correct answer and then click Check Your Answer.
  • Attacking the Pentagon
  • IEDs
  • Hate crimes against racial groups
  • Protests
Man, I'm rarely a "what kind of country are we living in" kinda guy, but really. Here's a short list of the progress our society has made through protesting/organizing/unionizing:
  • Civil Rights
  • Womens' Rights to vote
  • Workers' Rights (child labor, 40 hr work week, and overtime)
  • Gay Rights

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