Crime versus Terrorism

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I think it is great that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others in the Trump administration are cracking down on MS-13. Branches of this group have been terrorizing my ex-wife’s hometown in southern Mexico, in Oaxaca near the border of Chiapas.

MS-13 is organized around breaking the law: extortion (above all), drugs, kidnapping, etc… Some in the Trump administration are speculating that the State Department could classify MS-13 as a terrorist organization.

However, nothing MS-13 has done, does, or will do, can be catergorized as “terrorism” because there is absolutely no political agenda. Pretty much every national government, international organization and the United Nations includes the political dimension in the definition of terrorism.

Here is a quick definition:¬†The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism¬†as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

Also, it seems like a slippery slope to go around officially labelling this, that, and the other as “terrorism.”

All the laws are already in place to fight MS-13. There is no need to go piggybacking on the sketchy “war on terror.”

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