By The Heel

Special To The Stiletto Blog

After the Rev. Al Sharpton’s massive protest last week that shut down several major roadways in New York City during the evening rush hour, NY Gov. David Patterson said: “They felt that they had no other choice but to take the action that they took, and I respect the decision that they made to take that action.”Patterson should not be so understanding, considering that protests of this type appear to fall within the definition of domestic terrorism given at 18 USC §2331:(5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that –  (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

(B) appear to be intended –

(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Clearly (B)(ii) is met: Sharpton stated that last week’s protests were intended to “close the city down” as the “beginning of a long and sustained campaign.”

In addition, the demonstration violated New York State’s criminal laws – more than 200 demonstrators were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for unlawfully obstructing vehicular traffic. And standing in the middle of the street to block traffic is obviously dangerous to the demonstrators themselves – and could result in injuries or fatalities if an ambulance or fire engine were delayed en route to an emergency, thus meeting (A).

Finally, (C) is self-evident, notwithstanding frivolous arguments to the contrary.

Not only this isn’t Sharpton’s first brush with the law, it isn’t even his first act of domestic terrorism.  In 1996, a hate-filled thug acted on Sharpton’s repeated calls for the removal of “white interlopers” and “bloodsucking Jews” from Harlem by spraying Freddie’s Fashion Mart with gasoline and gunfire. Seven people were killed in the inferno inspired by Sharpton’s incendiary incitement.

Although the section of the criminal code quoted above was not yet in its current form, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine others were convicted in 1995 for planning a “war of urban terrorism,” including the destruction of many of the same bridges and tunnels targeted by Sharpton.  Specifically, Abdel-Rahman was convicted of having “induced or otherwise endeavored to persuade [one of his followers] to damage or destroy by fire or explosives.” Which is exactly what happened at Freddie’s the following year.

Not unlike Islamic terrorists, Sharpton finances his activities through a network of dubious charities that engage in tax evasion on a massive scale.  And keep in mind  that Abdel-Rahman’s attorney, Lynne Stewart, and Sharpton’s attorneys, C. Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox, have all been disbarred for their overzealous (to put it mildly) advocacy.

No matter how much the MSM sugar-coats the truth, Sharpton is living proof that one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.

Note: The Heel is an Ivy-educated attorney with a prestigious New York firm. He can be contacted at The Stiletto Blog, which is about “politics and other stuff,” has been chosen an Official Honoree in the Political Blogs category by the judges of the 12th Annual Webby Awards (the Oscars of the online universe) along with CNN Political Ticker, Swampland (Time magazine) and The Caucus (The New York Times).

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