Ter·ror·ism (Noun): When OTHER People Do What We Do

George Washington's picture

The United States is arguably the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, although we call it “self defense” and fighting “humanitarian” wars.

But when other people – especially brown-skinned people who wear funny clothes – do the same things that we do, we label it as terrorism.

Mark Selden - Bartle Professor of History and Sociology at Binghamton University – explains:

American politicians and most social scientists definitionally exclude actions and policies of the United States and its allies” as terrorism.

For example, the American military  indiscriminately kills innocent civilians (and see this),  calling it “carefully targeted strikes”.  When others do it, we rightfully label it terrorism.

When Al Qaeda, Syrians or others target  people attending funerals of those killed – or those attempting to rescue people who have been injured by –   previous attacks, we rightfully label it terrorism.  But the U.S. government does exactly the same thing, without any criticism by government apologists.

Torture is a recognized form of terrorism.  The United States has always considered waterboarding to be a crime of torture, including when the Japanese did it in WWII (and see this).

But the government and its lackeys tried to say that American waterboarding in the “war on terror” was not torture.   When asked during his 2008 presidential bid whether waterboarding was torture, Rudy Giuliani answered:

It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it.

Indeed, we have a long history of using bombs and violence as a way to scare the civilian populations into seeing things our way.

But that is never labeled terrorism by the U.S.  Instead, anyone who simply disagrees with U.S. policy (including those with the nerve to criticize the wars on brown-skinned people throughout North Africa and the Middle East planned 20 years ago) may be targeted with the  terrorist  label.

Why Are the American People So Easily Fooled?

As the Atlantic points out:

Since 9/11, many Americans have conflated terrorism with Muslims; and having done so, they’ve tolerated or supported counterterrorism policies safe in the presumption that people unlike them would bear their brunt. (If Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD sent officers beyond the boundaries of New York City to secretly spy on evangelical Christian students or Israeli students or students who own handguns the national backlash would be swift, brutal, and decisive. The revelation of secret spying on Muslim American students was mostly defended or ignored.)


In the name of counterterrorism, many Americans have given their assent to indefinite detention, the criminalization of gifts to certain charities, the extrajudicial assassination of American citizens, and a sprawling, opaque homeland security bureaucracy; many have also advocated policies like torture or racial profiling that are not presently part of official anti-terror policy.




It ought to be self-evident that non-Muslims perpetrate terrorist attacks, and that a vanishingly small percentage of Muslims are terrorists, but those two truths aren’t widely appreciated in America. That doesn’t mean they won’t reassert themselves, for terrorist attacks have always been with us; the tactic has never been exclusive to a single ideology for very long; and the power the state marshals against one sort of terrorist is sure to be first to hand when another sort strikes.




Having flattened so many laws (and a good many innocents) in pursuit of the terrorist, the American majority is naturally loath to focus its attention on a terrorist who looks, talks, and dresses as they do. It is particularly uncomfortable for those in the country who feel most reflexively safe when “an American” is beside them on a plane, instead of a bearded man with a turban. Watching [the Sikh temple massacre], that subset of Americans was put in a position to realize that a day prior they’d have identified with the terrorist more than his victims.


And so they quickly looked away.

History shows that when people try to ignore terrorism done to others – pretending that it doesn’t effect them – they end up vulnerable, alone and exposed.

And letting our fear of terror get out of hand makes people stupid.

And it should be clear that the failure to really investigate 9/11 (and the government’s bumbling incompetence or worse) has led to the spread of terrorism.  Specifically, there was state support for 9/11 from at least one government … and yet we haven’t changed our foreign policy based upon that fact.  And if people knew that 9/11 was preventable,  they would demand real national security, instead of the ruthless global war and shameless fear-mongering which has been the government’s response to those attacks.

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S474NtheD3v1L's picture

the killing of innocent civilians is a horrible atrocity, but not when obama does it


monad's picture

What do you mean, 'we'? 

"If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend 6 hours sharpening the axe." the terrorist (and bear) Abraham Lincoln

"Terrorism" is a msm construct. That is all. Its a label to harmonize the pod people. If you are specific about what alleged grievance you are describing as terrorism, its too hard to herd them. Plus if you start describing the actual injustices, the purse strings lead back to the owners of the msm. Duh

Gully Foyle's picture

Because the dots get really tiny and hard to connect.

The typeface story is one of the most interesting types of manipulation.



A Redditor called Jaycrew posted this photo from the erection of a cellular tower disguised as a cactus in Arizona.


Survivalists are the prosumer reviewers of pouches and bags


UK prisons to open outsource call centres; David Cameron urges business to switch to prison labour


Errol Morris' quiz about killer asteroids was a secret experiment to find out how fonts affect our thinking

Remember Errol Morris' New York Times quiz about being an optimist or a pessimist about killer asteroids? It turns out the quiz wasn't really about being an optimist or a pessimist. It was about how fonts affect people's thinking. The quiz was presented in five different fonts, and the frequency of the answers were compared to the fonts in which the questions were asked.

monad's picture

US ahead of UK is race to the bottom; China maintains big lead. 


Prison Labor in America as the Dubious Answer to Corporate Flight By Allison Sheedy
More than 80,000 prisoners are employed in some variety of inmate work program, but the typical image of chain gangs at work along the edges of the highway is changing. Inmates are just as likely to be engaged in apparel manufacturing, at computer terminals, or in telemarketing consumer services.

"The wages of American prisoners undercut those of de-unionized Mexican sweatshop workers" - Josh Levin

"The AFL-CIO supports prison work programs that meet specific standards."

"prisoners get paid $2 an hour to do what AFL-CIO employees fought to make $20-30 an hour to do."

"Prisoners can be leased for $3 a day."

"1/3 states permit debtors who cannot or will not pay to be incarcerated"

"All told, nearly a million prisoners are now making office furniture, working in call centers, fabricating body armor, taking hotel reservations, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles, shoes, and clothing, while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73 per day."

"In December, Georgia inmates went on strike and refused to leave their cells at six prisons for more than a week. In one of the largest prison protests in U.S. history, prisoners spoke of being forced to work seven days a week for no pay. Prisoners were beaten if they refused to work."

Some Exploiters of Sub-Minimum Wage Prison Slave Labor
AT&T Wireless
BAE Systems
Bank of America
Boeing (MicroJet)
BP (this isn't the Congo, bitch)
CMT Blues
Department of Defense (UNICOR)
Eddie Bauer
General Dynamics
Lockheed Martin
Lucent Technologies
McDonnell Douglas
Microsoft (Exmark)
Northern Telecom
Pierre Cardin
Target Corporation
Texas Instrument
Victoria's Secret

Some Investors in Private Prisons
American Express
General Electric
Merrill Lynch
Shearson Lehman

April 2012 Locking Down an American Workforce: Prison Labor as Past - and Future - of “Free-Market” Capitalism

April 2012 The Pentagon and Slave Labor in U.S. Prisons

April 2012

July 2011 21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor


July 2008


AnAnonymous's picture

'Americanism' means more justice, more freedom and more prosperity for everyone. You are on the boat for this one.

monad's picture

Hi AnAnnoyance. You're late. In a free society proposals must be approved by the people they impact. These sleazy collectivist friends of yours demonstrate the full measure of the treachery and coersive force you subscribe to.

If you kill yourself, I might be impressed. But I don't think you're really that committed to your ideals of selflessmess and sacrifice. Sacrifice. Sacrifice. Prove me wrong. Come on, boy! You can do it! I call!

NuYawkFrankie's picture

List has been noted. Thank you.

Blue Dog's picture

The article is all bullshit. Does America fly planes into buildings like the Muslims did? Does America send people to murder school children like the Muslims do? Israel is the only country in the world with armored school buses. Does that tell you anything?

AnAnonymous's picture

Does America fly planes into buildings like the Muslims did?


Going to be a hard one, US citizen style.

For example, any plane flown by 'America' into buildings with no muslims as a pilot would not be like the muslims did etc

'American' leaning to weasel out and deny everything is well known. So...

Revert_Back_to_1792_Act's picture

I am pretty sure you are trolling but just in case you are not, you should watch this (re:kids).


and then this;


along with the hundreds of other videos out there that people have put up trying to wake you up to the truth.

then visit this website.


maybe throw this one in for good measure;


and one more;


Hint: Internet gave us our free press back. 

Veritas te Librum


sambro's picture

A cruise missile is basically a plane - an unmanned, single use plane loaded with nasty stuff.  Many hundreds of those have been flown into buildings in the past 15 years. In addition to other flying and falling objects... That should answer your first question.

BigDuke6's picture

It's loaded with 15kg of silver too

Bullish. :(

JustObserving's picture

"Does America fly planes into buildings like the Muslims did?

 The evidence that 9/11 was an inside job is overwhelming. Most people who examine this evidence with an open mind find it convincing.” The only real problem is to get journalists and other people to examine this evidence. Many of them believe they need not do so because they already ‘know’ the claim – that 9/11 was an inside job – to be false. As a result, many journalists, whether writing for The New York Times or The Guardian or The Progressive or The Nation, have pontificated about 9/11 while revealing that they know virtually nothing about the relevant facts. The question about what happened on 9/11 can be answered responsibly only on the basis of knowledge of these facts, and yet these journalists, like many other people, have used various means to avoid getting empirical about 9/11."




DaveyJones's picture

"Does America fly planes into buildings like the Muslims did"

yes to first part of your sentence, no to the second

do muslims turn their air defense systems off when under attack?

Dodgy Geezer's picture

@Urban Roman 

I don't think that the western security services planned 9/11. But I'm pretty sure that they recommended and supported the over-the-top reaction which the US undertook, in the full knowledge that this would ensure the continuation and expansion of their jobs.

It doesn't matter.
9/11 was planned --> perpetrators need to be prosecuted and incarcerated.
9/11 not planned --> the security services are blitheringly incompetent and useless, and need to be shut down for that.

In either case, the response was wrong and unjustified by the event.

I have some professional knowledge of this field. Your second point is correct.

Not Too Important's picture

"I have some professional knowledge of this field."

I think anyone with an inside knowledge of 9/11 is probably dead by now.

DaveyJones's picture

 I've heard stupidity described the same way

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

When the U.S.A Military sprays us daily with chemtrails and denies it.it is terrorism.

Weather: The Force Multiplier.

Own the Weather 2025.

Google it on up and learn,brothers and sisters.

Hannibal's picture

"I've never seen a President — I don't care who he is — stand up to them. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis know what is going on all the time. I got to the point where I wasn't writing anything down. If the American people understood what a grip these people have got on our government, they would RISE UP IN ARMS. Our citizens certainly don't have any idea what goes on."

Thomas H. Moorer
(1912 - 2004)
US Navy & Chairman,
Joint Chiefs of Staff during interview on
24 August 1983.


minus dog's picture

Grow up, GW.  This is a contrived argument.

Terrorism is a tactic, not a value judgement.   It's the use of force by non-state actors to coerce political change.  It works through some combination of directly coercing the target population with violence, and by instigating an over-reaction in the target population that comes down on fence-sitters who then join your cause in response.

It's a useful tactic for those who don't have the means to act more directly, even if it's less likely to work.

Atrocities commited directly by governments are by definition not terrorism; they're simply war crimes, crimes against humanity, etc.  This doesn't make them any less evil - it simply means that the mechanism by which those actions are intended to work are different.

The only people who try to present it as a value judgement are those who are trying to cover for the killing of the "right" people.   When you fall into the trap of doing the same (no matter which 'side' you support or not), you're facilitating them.


weltysparrow's picture

"Atrocities commited directly by governments are by definition not terrorism"


Eerr, have you actually read the definition of terrorism?


"The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims."

Who commits the act is irrelevant as to whether the act should be considered terrorism or not.


Good article though, thanks.

DaveyJones's picture

"Atrocities commited directly by governments are by definition not terrorism; they're simply war crimes"


there's nothing simple about this conditioning.

I see it has worked for one

Hannibal's picture

"Contrived argument"? 

I find GW's argument rather obvious and factually based on past and present actions by the US powers-that-be, whose war mongering atrocities speak for themselves. Lets keep sight that the obvious is still the obvious.

Thumbs down for minus dog.

davood's picture

When George Washington (the original terrorist in the Brits eyes) finally realizes that the United States is arguably the world’s greatest terrorist nation . . . in history, please wake up the rest of us who already know this as a fact.

However, this article is a good step in the right direction.

All this talk of “self defense,” "fighting humanitarian,” and "bringing democracy and freedom to the world" wars are just semantic figments of self-induced delusion and mass brainwashing.

To believe that killing innocent civilians from 40,000 feet in an uniform is any different from the actions of a suicide bomber in blue jeans is the height of hypocrisy.

BigDuke6's picture

"wars are just Semitic ..."

Fixed it

dannynewmexico's picture

from the movie "Brazil


"have you ever seen a terroist??"



sgt_doom's picture
Why Are the American People So Easily Fooled?

Many have long struggled with that question, beginning back with the Australian sociologist Alex Carey, and American sociologist, Ferdinand Lundberg, etc.

Personally, I suspect it has to do with a deficiency in arithmetic and grasping arithmetical relationships.

After all, how difficult is it to understand the probable connection between:

(1) the announcement on 9/10/01, the day prior, by the Pentagon's comptroller that their auditing team had uncovered an unaccounted for $2.3 trillion, then,

(2) the very next morning of 9/11/01, a plane crashes into the Pentagon's west wall, killing most of that auditing team (DIA's Financial Management staff) and severely injuring the rest?

(And a last minute email was sent out, sometime between 2:00am and 3:00am on 9/11, calling for an emergency meeting of said staff.)



Walt D.'s picture

A person who sets off an IED in Baghdad is a terrorist. A person who sets off an IED in Damascus is a freedom fighter.


shovelhead's picture

If you set off an IED in Arkansas...

They're catfishing.

sgt_doom's picture

Saturday Morning Special Intel Briefing

First, Trapwire from Abraxas, via Wikileaks folks (thank you, thank you, thank you, at least somebody's reporting the news in Amerika).

A national surveillance camera network, operated by the privatized American intel establishment, with public funding, 'natch.

An enormous increase in the laying of fiber optics cable was noted on the West Coast, then other major cities throughout the US --- the reason?  Explained above and below, good people.

[Sidebar:  Once this Trapwire (Abraxas) item was posted online, Wikileaks sites immediately came under massive DDOS attacks.]





Remember, the previous usual suspects have gone through numerous name changes:

Blackwater USA is now Academi LLC

USIS is now Altergy

Wackenhut's security division was absorbed into G4S

Kroll became Pearson Government Services

The aliases change, the organizations remain the same.



illyia's picture

Xi = Academi LLC.

Thanks. I learn something everyday here on ZH.

my puppy for prez's picture

Thanks for the "Trapwire Alert"!  That's new info for me.  Not surprising, though.  

i-dog's picture


"The aliases change, the organizations remain the same."

It's the Khazarian Khameleon way of things! They'll change names (eg. when Karl Marx's great uncle, Leib Pressburg, moved from Amsterdam to London, he simply called himself Baron Lyon de Symons!), religions (they commonly flip between pseudo-Judaism and pseudo-Catholicism ie. from Sabbateans to Jesuits, then back again), allegiances (it's not at all uncommon for politicians and senior civil servants to swear oaths of allegiance [sic] to both their country and to the Pope), and so on.

Nothing is as it seems....

shovelhead's picture

Why do they never become Scientologists?



Too cheap to spend the money it takes to stay in.

Offthebeach's picture

Muppets. It's what the state eats for breakfast.

A Lunatic's picture

You didn't bomb that.

JOYFUL's picture

...Specifically, there was state support for 9/11 from at least one government....

and there it was, in plain daylight! George, breakin outta the box, was going to prove his detractors wrong afterall!  Bravissimo!

With baited breath, we go to the link provided, to see proof of Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus....better late to the dancin israeli moving company and art student travellin terroristic troubadour truth than never!...

err,   The Saudi's did it!>!?!???   And 'Bob Graham' called them out?_

Kase klosed. GW & MDB merger is now complete. It doesn't get any better than this! ProgBorg Rulz!

oh, n one more ting! israel inc. is the world's largest sponsor of terrorism, and the United States of America is it's proxy enforcer.

*dis·in·for·ma·tion -noun// false information deliberately and often covertly spread in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth

DaveyJones's picture

at any given moment and throughout history the biggest empire is the biggest sponsor. Pure math. Pure human nature

i-dog's picture


"the biggest empire is the biggest sponsor"

Indeed ... and the same empire, from beginning to [end?].

Check this out for a different perspective (even though it leaves out the Khazarian konnection): http://one-evil.org/acts_global_depression/acts_global_depression.htm

monad's picture

That would be, "What is the Catholic Empire, Bob?"

George Washington's picture

I LOVE when people criticize me for not being radical enough. This might be more to your liking:


JOYFUL's picture

complete misinterpretation of the point....as yu well know!

re: yur link-I do not believe I have ever seen so much written about 9-11 on one page without a single reference to the sionist web connecting to every aspect of the plot. That's simply amazing.

Radical enuff?

Yu are the evolution of radicaliism George!

Rulz for Radicals...always expose enuff of the truth to set the dupes up for the majic trick.

Radical...phony opposition to the moneypower, bought n paid for.

i-dog's picture

As a regular contributor to Alex Jones 'Megaphone of the Vatican', GW cannot mention the tight Khazarian konnection between the Jesuits, the Sabbatean Zionists, and 9-11 ... in both the konduct and the kover-up. Truth-telling can only go so far....


PS. I also note that our esteemed 'Zulu warrior for truth', Reggie, is linking to some known limited hangouts now. I hope it is just coincidence (after all, there are so many of them!!). One wouldn't want to think that AAPL's massive kash kow was a target of the khazarian kleptokrats (or that Steve Jobs klandestinely kontracted kancer), or that there is any koncerted kampaign afoot to paint Google as all warm and fuzzy. Just sayin'....

PPS. Speaking of limited hangouts, I also note that Ben Fulford is now not only admitting his Jesuit training in Japan, but is also fingering the Vatican and Jesuit konnection to Rothschild and Rockefeller in this recent post:

full post: http://golden-rule.org/tag/bilderberg/;
intro only, on Fulford's site: http://benjaminfulford.net/2012/06/26/it-has-become-impossible-for-the-cabal-to-hide-the-truth-they-are-being-defeated/

Fulford is pushing the envelope (even though there are some strange misdirections buried in his screed!).

The kat is koming out of the kaddy....

Ghordius's picture

awesome and utterly strange (for me) article on this golden rule dot org you are quoting from. here 

Nixon gave the nationalist's gold back to China - mhh... did not know that

$120'000 for every Catholic on Earth! - yesss! pls! how much is that? 100 trillions? really?

documents proving Asians are compatible to Christianity - I thought so, since they are human. who certifies that with documents?

the top hierarchy prefers a global fascist empire to helping the poor and the environment - If I stretch my cynical muscles I think I could reach to an "empire and helping", but ok

* Yup, the Pope is the heir of the Roman Emperors and Pontifexes, ergo those who killed Jesus Christ - a classic

* I agree, JC would denounce and forgive. Christians? That is another matter at all.

* The General of the Society of Jesus will become Pope Peter II, last Pontifex of the Catholic Church. - Don't know, awesome? It would be quite a feat to have a Jesuit on the throne, usually they lack the votes for that. Nevertheless, how is it that non-catholics put any importance to the pope and the catholic church? I mean canonically wrong should mean irrelevant, shouldn't it? Is accordind this Jesuit theory not Lucifer the demon that feeds pride in the minds of man, giving him the hubris of being able to predict the future? That's why he likes central and financial planners, too, and all derivatives and so on...

i-dog, I can't find any theory there linking the ECB to anything, and no theory about the EUR. there must be something? And I sincerily miss the Magi. You know, the guys in some of the more impressive public feats of Moses, that found Jesus and spread the rumor of his coming and were generally involved in all affairs around religion and politics in the region for centuries - if not millennia. I have been through tons of manuscripts pointing to them and all hermenetic symbologies. Pylons, Obelisks, Pyramids and Eye included. Where are those Khazarians coming anyway? it's all forgeries from the 19th century, as far as I see. Nope: the Magi. The friends of John the Baptist, with their meetings in the desert. Their eyes and ears were everywhere. Would make much more sense than poor Khazarian herders.

But in all this I have a question: is the belief in any of this compatible with some branch of Christianity? Which one? Prophecies of papacy and NWO? Just asking...

yours truly, ;-)

Ghordius, Magus of the Fifth Quadrant

JOYFUL's picture

Doggnonit Dawg!

Reggie too!??!?

That means almost the whole kast of the top banner krew is bought n paid for!!! I had a fondness for Reggie's schtick...I shoulda known from the on-board party thang - too much of that Onassis, sabbatean motif!

Fulford always smelled a bit off though...one of the originators of the False Hope Narrative...of which George is now our proud in-house sponsor.