Thanks for identifying the main point, and speaking on it.
The crimes listed are only in relation to this newest case, this campaign against Forest Pharmaceuticals.
The other crimes aren't listed in the article, but they were the main reason, I suspect, behind the DHS putting ALF on the watch list originally.
That's understandable, and reasonable. People who burn down buildings to advance their cause are obviously terrorists. The people who burned the
buildings down, and them alone. Hence, the people who glued locks shut are vandals, pure and simple. I don't care if they did it for jollies, or to
advance whatever cause they champion, it doesn't matter in my mind. The punishment MUST fit the crime, otherwise there is no justice.
What I can't understand is why the DHS would come out and say that they think the ALF might hook up with Al-Qaeda. That just doesn't make any kind
of logical sense. It's possible, in about the same percentile as rabid wolverines exploding out of a clear blue sky to wreak havoc on unsuspecting
martians disguised as postal employees.
It just doesn't make sense.
That claim is what I wanted to generate some discussion on. I wanted to know how many people actually thought that was a reasonable assumption.
Isn't it sort of like saying the KKK might team up with the remnants of the Black Panthers to spread the doctrine of white power? I mean.. it
just doesn't make sense
, logically, intuitively, factually. Right?
If I'm wrong, I desperately want someone to prove me wrong, because this one is eluding me big time.
Edit: Does anyone have any idea as to motive, on the part of the DHS? Certainly this could be a case of rampant stupidity, but I suspect there might
be something deeper. Could they have an agenda that would be served by making themselves out to be ridiculous? Is this to make people ignore them?
Is it to engender more distrust? Is it to dissuade people from joining ALF? I'm really trying to understand the motivation behind the link they
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