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Arrested for Your Politics in America? It's Already Happening

The nebulous but potent charge of terrorism has been used to systematically curtail justice.

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While the Illinois court should find the law unconstitutional, the truth remains that the nebulous but potent charge of terrorism has been used to systematically curtail justice. In the words of Glenn Greenwald: 

"It's just a manipulative slogan legitimising all forms of American violence against Muslims and delegitimising any acts meaningfully impeding US will." 

As a New York Court of Appeals  decision admitted last December, there is no real definition of terrorism beyond our "collective understanding" of it. But in the term's meaninglessness lies its limitless power to undermine justice everywhere.

 
Charlotte Silver is an independent journalist based in San Francisco. She writes for Al Jazeera English, Inter Press Service, Truthout, the Electronic Intifada and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @CharESilver.