First of all what is 'terrorism"? Here is one definition:
... those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or ideological goal, and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants (civilians).
Sunday evening Mayor Bloomberg held a news conference regarding a thwarted terrorist attempt in New York City. The news conference included an elaborate re-creation of the use of the proposed bomb. I wonder if the appropriate term would be 'creation' since in fact no actual bomb had been as yet completed.
It is exactly these types of tactics used by government that cause me to question the real terrorism-affect surrounding us today. Remember the 'little boy who cried wolf', soon people paid no attention to the real cries for help.
When I look at the behavior of the police on the UC Davis campus and their excessive use of pepper spray on passive protesting students, my first impression is that it is in fact a act of domestic terrorism - a violent act on the part of the police intended to create fear in hearts of the student protesters, a deliberate act with disregard for the safety of the non-combatants.
This type of action needs to come to a halt, Americans have a constitutional right to protest non-violently against those things they disagree with. And Americas should stand up and demand a stop to the use of fear mongering on the part of all levels of government.
We line up like sheep at airport terminals and allow the government to perpetuate this myth of imminent danger over and over again, multiple times on a daily basis throughout our nation. I have not boarded a plane in almost a year, because I am fed up with all of this and chose not to participate any longer.
This procreation of 'fear of terrorism' has become a convenient tool to move people in the direction the government wills, much like the use of a cattle prod. One only needs to look back to the reign of Hitler to see how convenient he used the 'fear element' to accomplish his own goals.