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Are Gang Bangers the Same as Terrorists? A Judge Says “No”

How do you define a terrorist?  It’s hard to say and depends on who you ask.   But one of the problems with the Patriot Act is that with a new sweeping set of laws put in place after 9/11, nearly anyone who jaywalks could be somehow connected to terrorism.  A judge was recently asked to decide if street gangsters are the same as terrorists, and he gave a clear answer:  ”No, they are not.”

The Court of Appeals has ruled that there is no evidence to say that the intention of anti-terrorism measures was to deal with gang violence.   Terrorist laws carry tougher penalties for those who are convicted, so this was an important political decision.   The case involved Edgar Morales of the St. James Boys gang, who was convicted of shooting a 10-year old bystander and paralyzing a rival gang member.

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