Is economic terrorism the same as physical terrorism?
Former SEIU member Stephen Lerner is taking a tremendous amount of heat for building a coalition to launch what amounts to economic terrorism against America’s financial system.
The important question with Lerner’s actions comes down to the legal definition of terrorism. Republican Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz cited the FBI’s definition of terrorism in a letter to Holder as:
“the unlawful use of force or 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.”
The Blaze points out the Patriot Act’s definition of terrorism as:
activities that (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the U.S. or of any state, that (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping, and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.
Do Lerner’s comments and actions meet either one of those definitions? If not then what if he goes through with his plan to attack America’s financial systems through a series of mortgage strikes, government initiatives against the banks, and union strikes? Will it meet a definition of terrorism then?
Considering that every American has a vested interest in our financial system and that its collapse will cause great harm too all Americans on a multitude of levels Lerner’s plans to destroy the financial system is essentially a plan to cause harm to all Americans. Therefore Holder must investigate Lerner on terrorism grounds.
Rush Limbaugh chimed in on this story making the point that what Lerner is attempting might have been (and currently being) tried before through government initiatives. Limbaugh points out George Soros the Cloward – Piven strategy. But the most interesting thing Limbaugh mentioned was Lerner’s ties to the White House.