When communication is terrorism

By Grace Kelley – University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society member

The U.S. government uses the term “terrorist” as a political weapon against anyone who opposes its policy. In reality, funding mass killings of trade unionists, activists and innocent civilians abroad makes the U.S. government the real terrorist organization, under any definition.

Last summer, a Supreme Court ruling in a case called Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project effectively criminalized international solidarity. The Humanitarian Law Project was prosecuted for seeking to provide training in human rights advocacy and peacemaking to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey, an organization the U.S. designates as terroristic. The decision held that the project’s “expert advice” was in fact material aid, thus redefining “material aid to terrorists” as communication.

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