16 October 2008

Non-violence is the new terrorism

As far as the State of Maryland is concerned, this is the new face of terrorism.

According to The Washington Times:

BALTIMORE | For decades, Sister Carol Gilbert and Sister Ardeth Platte have practiced their Roman Catholic faith with an unwavering focus on world peace. Their antiwar activities even landed them in federal prison earlier this decade for trespassing onto a military base and pouring blood onto a nuclear missile silo.

Now they face fresh infamy as two nuns secretly branded by Maryland State Police as terrorists and placed on a national watch list.

"This term terrorist is a really serious accusation," Sister Ardeth, a nun for 54 years, told The Washington Times on Thursday in the first interview that the women have given since being informed they were among 53 people added to a terrorist watch list in conjunction with an extensive Maryland surveillance effort of antiwar activists.

"There is no way that we ever want to be identified as terrorists. We are nonviolent. We are faith-based," she said. . . .

What kind of society regards non-violent protest as terrorism?

1 comment:

Eamonn said...

It could happen here. Those ladies could theoretically (and legally) have been shot dead by the MoD police if they had carried out a similar act in this country. I suppose that would be unlikely except in extreme circumstances: we're not yet a police state, but we are certainly a surveillance state. Most people come within the range of CCTV cameras within about a kilometre or less of leaving home. And it's clear from the government's wish to have everybody's e-mail and phone traffic on a national database that the surveillance mindset is deeply embedded. Be afraid.