Are these 10 men and women, who participated in arson, really terrorists?
Their guilt isn't in question. The six men and four women already admitted being involved in a series of arson fires that did $40 million in damage to research facilities, a ski resort and other businesses in the West. But are they terrorists?
A federal was to hear arguments Tuesday on a motion by the government to add a so-called terrorism enhancement to their sentencing.
As Bush's program to spy on Americans unfolded, war protesters and ecology groups were found to be under surveillance.
Defense motions argue that none of the fires killed or injured anyone, and the terrorism enhancement is really a way for the Bush administration to claim a victory in its war on terror.
"The Government has Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' political agenda to advance with this case, and nothing else to lose if the Court declines to impose the enhancement," wrote attorney Terri Wood, who represents Stanislas G. Meyerhoff, who faces the stiffest sentence recommendation for his involvement in seven fires and toppling a high-tension power line.
But, what about the people that have bombed or sent anthrax to women's health clinics, that have, or could have, killed and maimed others? Was Eric Rudolph, who has killed and maimed abortion clinic workers, as well as bombing the Olympics, classified as a terrorist? Will the DOJ push to have Paul Ross Evans classified as a terrorist?
My point is, the "classification" of terrorist is being used selectively. Either use it in all cases where it is appropriate or not at all.