Terror bill threat

Creates crime of terrorism. Punishes by life imprisonment. SB 742 is being sponsored by Senator Minnis. This bill is an insane and reactionary piece of legislature fueled by the paranoia and division inspired by out national leaders and the media, and will work to fan the flames of fear and mistrust on both sides.

Basically, SB 742 defines terrorism in a loose and broad terminology, which could just as easily apply to reckless driving as to pipe bombing city hall. Key points of the text are as follow:

SECTION 1. { + (1) A person commits the crime of terrorism if
the person knowingly plans, participates in or carries out any
act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to
(a) The free and orderly assembly of the inhabitants of the
State of Oregon;
(b) Commerce or the transportation systems of the State of
Oregon; or
(c) The educational or governmental institutions of the State
of Oregon or its inhabitants.
(2) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the person
conspires to do any of the activities described in subsection (1)
of this section.

Seems pretty loose to me. The horrible infrigements on our rights being pushed right now are going to take their toll. Let terrorism be a federal crime. And define it well, not to gain leverage over people who piss you off.

2 Replies to “Terror bill threat”

  1. I read about this bill in the Oregonian the other day. Things like this make me want to re-read 1984 and see how similar things are.
    “Double-plus bad”

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