Bush Administration's Redefinition
Of 'Terrorist' Worries Many
By David Bay
Director - Cutting Edge Ministries

We predicted a week ago that the major danger posed by all these new broad "Antiterrorism" powers the government was seeking was that, after the powers have been granted, the government may simply REDEFINE who a terrorist is and what constitutes terror. That redefinition began on 10/3/01 by Governor Tom Ridge of Homeland Security! Christians who write the plain truth may suddenly be pursued as terrorists!
"Ridge Vows Balance of Rights, Security" News-Item From Newspaper Shamokin, Pennsylvania 10/3/01, Page 1
"To those Americans who would lash out at your fellow citizens, simply because they worship differently, or dress differently, or look differently than you, there is one word for such behavior: terrorism."
-- Governor Tom Ridge, in his farewell address to the State Legislature as Pennsylvania Governor, before taking up his new position at the White House as Director of Homeland Security.
The Bush Administration has just redefined who is a terrorist and what a person has to do in order to be classified by the Federal Government as a terrorist. In NEWS1550, "Bitter Fruits of Bush's War On Terrorism ," I predicted that such a redefinition would take place! However, I thought this inevitable redefinition would wait until after President Bush had received the Congressional legal authority to expand intrusive intelligence measures against "terrorists." Now, we see that this new definition has occurred even as the bills are working their way through Congress.
Terrorist has always been defined as someone who "uses terror, violence, and intimidation to achieve an end, especially a political end." [Tormont Webster Illustrated Dictionary, p. 1708]
Terror is defined by this dictionary as "systematic violence carried out against private citizens, public property and political enemies with the aim of enforcing demands and achieving supremacy." [Ibid.]
This is the standard definition of terror and terrorist. When the President and his Attorney General were lobbying Congress for the kind of broad authority that would have made Clinton and Reno blush, we warned that the real targets may be people other than those Muslims operating under Osama bin Laden. Listen to our warning in NEWS1550:
"However, the most troubling aspect of President Bush's proposals is that they were to be written so vaguely as to enable the Administration to redefine the person or persons against whom the laws were aimed. As this article stated: "Some civil libertarians have complained that the administration is seeking language so broad that it would allow the antiterrorism laws to be used against common criminals." [Ibid., p. A-10]
In other words, while Congress may pass the legislation originally aimed at Arab terrorists who work for Osama bin Laden, the actual wording of the proposed law is so broad and vague that some highly elected official might just redefine who and what constitutes a terrorist. A simple redefinition might just make a terrorist out of anyone who disagrees strongly with the government. A simple redefinition might just make terrorists out of the Fundamental, Born Again Christian ..."
This redefinition may have already begun. In Tom Ridge's statement, he also uses the vague verb, "lash out" to redefine terrorist. There are several ways in which a person can "lash out." They can do so physically and violently. They can "lash out" orally, calling a person false derogatory names. But, is it possible for government authorities to so construe "lash out" as to apply to a situation in which the truth is told about a person, his country, or his religion -- a truth that is not popular to hear?
In other words, if a Christian ministry tells the truth about Islam, even quoting from their writings, including the Koran, can that ministry then be called a "terrorist" organization? If this is the case, then all the broad authority which Bush and Ashcroft are seeking could then be turned on that Christian ministry. Then, the Federal Government can:
1. Wiretap all our communications without a specific court order
2. Intercept all our emails and faxes, again without a specific court order
3. Seize all our assets without court order and without specific charges
4. Incarcerate us without charges and for an indefinite period of time
Cutting Edge Ministries has regularly been labeled as a "Hate Group" simply because we dare speak the truth of the entire Word of God, including the aspects of Judgment, Sin, and the exclusivity which Jesus demands of Himself and His followers. In other words, Jesus vigorously stated that He was the only true path to the Father in Heaven, that all other religions were pretenders and offered a false path that does not lead to Heaven, but to Hell [John 14:6; 10:7-18]
We suspect the time is coming soon when ministries like this one who dare speak the truth lovingly but plainly will be silenced through the exercise of these new broad, police state type powers. Events do seem to be moving along very rapidly now. Former Satanists have all unequivocally stated that, once the first blow is struck in the campaign to produce Antichrist, precisely 13 weeks [91 days] later, Antichrist will arise. In that 13-week period, all the wars, rumors of wars, terrorism in our cities, financial collapse, natural disasters, and events designed to just produce panic, will have occurred.
When Antichrist arises, amidst great panic and bloodshed, and displaying great occult "signs and wonders," people will universally greet him with great enthusiasm and hope. These are the times in which we live, and the path down which we are treading.
May Jesus Richly Bless You,
David Bay


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