posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 08:28 PM
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
I'm curious as to your opinion in regards to my earlier post -- the definition of terrorist sympathizer vs. enemy propaganda agent. Since you are
the author of this post, I want to hear your feelings on the subject of legal definitions, and how our government should best act on knowledge that
someone is colluding with the enemy one way or another.
Your points about associates makes a lot of sense. Here's what I'd say: If someone is actively colluding with terrorist cells or another government
they are an agent of propaganda. If someone is ppasing on such propaganda they are not an agent... but what they are passing on is still propaganda
that needs to be called out as such. The gov should be able to take legal action against the actual agent.
There are, however, situations where a government might not be at war with a group but yet may still be hurt by its propaganda. If an international
organization or NGO creates propaganda, and uses individuals to willingly push it, then those individuals are propaganda agents... HOWEVER... I don't
see how they could be legally punished. The key difference is that the people they are working for are not, technically, the 'enemy'. So, though
what they are saying is propaganda, and though they may be willing agents of such propaganda, they are different, I believe, than the person who
deliberately forwards propaganda from an organization that is actively waging war with the government in question.
The UN, for instance, is at odds with the US but not at war with it. Anti-US propaganda passed on by UN supporters may make these supporters
propagandists... but it doesn't make them enemy propagandists.
To be very clear, I am not saying that all people who deliberately pass on propaganda should be prosecuted (though I do think that members of
terrorist cells should be, even if they are just involved in PR). I only started this thread to draw attention to the possibility that ATS is being
flooded with propaganda from terrorists.