Redefining Terrorism

From my office chair, I interact with several people each day. Most of them communicate with me over the phone or through the internet. Some days three or four people visit the office.

These people come from a wide variety of life. They are different ages, have different racial backgrounds, and practice different religions.

During our conversations, there are two thoughts that always come to the surface.

Peaceful handsThe first is that everyone just wants to do their jobs, love their family members, and pursue their dreams of prosperity and peace.

The second is that there is something wrong, dreadfully wrong, with our country.

I’ve been thinking about this for the past few days and now, thanks to a series of flyers produced by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security, and other law enforcement offices, I now know what the problem is.

Everyone around me, including you, is a terrorist.

Let me be clear. I hate labels. I hate name-calling.

In spite of this, I must inform you that you are a terrorist.

This isn’t my opinion. This is fact.

If you are alive and you live a normal life within the United States, you are a terrorist.

I know it doesn’t feel good to be called a terrorist, especially when you hate terror, especially when you a loving and peaceful human being.

However, according to this series of flyers, you are a terrorist.

When I first heard about these flyers, I thought some crazed radical writer had gone off the deep end and was exaggerating, so I looked for myself.

It didn’t take long for me to see that, according to these flyers, everyone I know is a terrorist.

I’ve been with people who paid cash at an internet cafe. I’ve seen people look up pictures and maps of sporting venues. I’ve had acquaintances suddenly change their appearance by shaving their beard or dyeing their hair.

According to these flyers, I should notify law enforcements officers about all of these people because they are participating in terrorist activities.

I won’t.

Here is why.

These flyers, like the flyers that get stuffed under my windshield wiper at the local big store parking lots, are marketing flyers. They are an attempt by law enforcement to sell their services by convincing us that we need protection from terrorism.

I can choose whether to buy what is on the flyer or not. I can decide whether the offer on the flyer is worth my time, energy, and money. I can look within and determine whether the information on the flyer is true.

I know it isn’t.

I know that those around me are loving and peaceful people. I know I am a loving and peaceful person.

According to these flyers, those who demonstrate love and peace and speak out against war, the true “terror,” are terrorists. This is a lie.

In the true nature of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, law enforcement is using these posters to turn us on ourselves. It is an effort to justify the “war on terror” as we shift to a world of love and peace. It is an effort to call the peacemakers “terrorists.” If legitimate businesses used these tactics, they would be accused of false advertising.

In truth, this is what is wrong with our country. Government has redefined terror. It now means peace. Those who want to do their jobs, love their families, and pursue their dreams are terrorists.

I don’t believe this for a moment. I encourage you to continue to respond peacefully.