WASHINGTON, April 19, 2014 – Harry Reid called Americans who support Cliven Bundy “Domestic Terrorists” on the Kelly File on Thursday, April 17th:
“These people who hold themselves out to be partriots, are not. They are no more than domestic terrorists.”
Bundy’s situation is, at best, a case of governmental overreach. Reid justifies the government’s actions against Bundy, claiming in his remarks before the Nevada Law Review gathering that Bundy has not paid his grazing fees and taxes; he clearly said that the issue is grazing fees and taxes.
That is false, according to Bundy. His tax records could easily be produced if he in fact owes back taxes. But even if we owe back taxes, should we run the risk of armed government tax collectors coming to take our home, cars, filing cabinets, computers and other personal and business goods that we may have?
If we err in filing our tax returns, do we run the risk of a midnight visit from armed swat teams?
Bundy is in the wrong. He has been legally found in error over not paying his grazing fees. However even that is being disputed (Read: Everything you need to know about the long fight between Cliven Bundy and the federal government) If he does owe the federal grazing fees, then the easiest solution is for Bundy and his supporters to pay those fees, or to challenge them in court.
That does not on any level excuse the government’s strong-arm tactics, nor does it justify Harry Reid calling Americans who disagree with their government “terrorists.”
The Patriot Act defines “domestic terrorism” as activities within the United States that involve acts dangerous to human life that appear to be intended:
- to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
- to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
- to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.
Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor and contributor to the Federal Review, says what is most disturbing is to trivialize the calling of American’s terrorists.
McCarthy says that American’s have been the victims of real terrorism and mass murder attacks, and to call Americans “terrorists,” and to call the people of Nevada “terrorists” is “so beyond the pale to me I can’t put my brain around it.”
McCarthy says that Eric Holder, under the Clinton Justice Department, facilitated pardons of FLAN and Underground Weather terrorists. Obama has close ties to Bill “guilty as sin, free as a bird” Ayers and Bernadine Dorn, admitted domestic terrorists.
The administration backed the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt. It issued a visa to a member of the Blind Sheik’s terrorist organization to come to the White House. These are terrorists who are not called terrorists by the administration or Harry Reid.
According to the administration, Nidal Husain was not a terrorist. Those who died at Ft. Hood as he shouted “Allahu Akbar” were the victims of workplace violence, not terrorism.
In the Fox News video, documentary filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch says he wants to know why he had M16’s pointed at his face, and why they were pointed at women, children and hard-working ranchers.
Reid lies, according to Lynch, when he says that protestors put women and children at the front lines in order that the “government would be seen hurting women and children.” Lynch says he was there, with cameras and M16 pointed at him, and he neither saw nor recorded anyone doing anything remotely similar to that.
But then the world to Harry is often fanciful:
- American Thinker: Harry Reid claims he never called Obamacare horror stories lies
- Daily Caller: Harry Reid lies about his lies about Obamacare
- Independent Journal Review: Outrageous: Harry Reid Lied About Americans Being Liars, and Now That He’s Busted, He’s Lying Again
Our law demands that a terrorist get a fair trial, just as any American would, in Federal Court. In America we don’t call terrorists “terrorists,” but we call Americans standing their ground “terrorists.”
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