Thursday, January 19, 2012

At last, will Brazil have an antiterror legislation?

At last, will Brazil have an antiterror legislation?

By Julio Severo
If the United States has a law against terror, Brazil also needs to have it. It is with that concern that Brazilian senator Aloysio Nunes Ferreira drafted a bill classifying as terrorism “the conduct of provoking or instilling terror or widespread panic through offense to the physical integrity or privation of a person’s freedom, for ideological, religious, political or social prejudice, ethnic, ‘homophobic’ or xenophobe reason. The punishment reaches 30 years of imprisonment in case of murder.”
However, the Brazilian press made it clear that such law is not an answer to the famous massacre in Rio de Janeiro, where journalists and the government itself clouded the murderer’s Islamic motivation.
The law is not also an answer to political terror. The famous Celso Daniel case has been for years accumulating corpses and cover-ups, and the Brazilian press doesn’t dare to connect it to political terror or Mafia, although everybody involved were members of the socialist, ruling Workers’ Party PT and had explicit interests to silence Celso Daniel, a Workers’ Party mayor that administered millions in illegal funds for the Workers’ Party electoral campaigns.
The senator recognized that “there is no consensus about the definition of what terrorism is.” Even so, his bill makes terror into a non-bailable and unpardonable crime, and it attacks directly the funding sources for terror.
The lack of a consensus on terror definition leaves the field open for hazy interpretations.
The Brazilian antiterror law will, basically, follow the spirit of the American law, which doesn’t aim at Muslims or Muslim motivations for terrorist crimes. In fact, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center in 2001, George Bush, the conservative US president, began to proclaim to the whole world that “Islam is a religion of peace.” With such “John the Baptist” of Islamic flattery preparing the road, it was perfectly natural for the next White House occupier to be not only leftist, but also radically pro-Islam.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was created specifically in response to the first, biggest terrorist attack to the US, has a lot of difficulty today to criticize Islamic radicals, although all the terrorists involved in that attack to the US were Islamic.
However, DHS has not been having difficulty of aiming at Christian groups for activities against abortion and against the so called gay “marriage.” In its fight against “terror”, DHS has been monitoring Christians, including my blog.
That picture gives us an idea on how the terror definition will come for the Brazilian law, which will follow the main concerns from the government and media, which faithfully obey Bush’s and Obama’s “doctrine”: Islam is a religion of peace. Therefore, their concern is not Islamic radicals.
The Brazilian media and government’s obsessive worry has been Christians and their “homophobia”, and each assault and murder of homosexuals in places of prostitution gives leftist journalists full opportunities to spend one week criticizing Christian “homophobia”, which “incites” assaults and murders.
With the antiterror law enforced, these journalists can maneuver their “reports” to invoke the government’s intervention against “terror” and against its funding sources. In my case, even without a Brazilian legislation, a campaign by an American gay group closed my PayPal account.
How then is one to define what terrorism is in Brazil? If a journalist asks a gay activist if he considers as “terrorist” a Christian that is opposed to homosexual “marriage” or gay adoption, his answer will be a resounding “yes.” And the Brazilian government and media will pay all attention to him.
Don’t have any false expectations. If approved, the antiterror law will make Brazil take an important step for the “Americanization” of its laws.
With information of Brazilian newspaper Estadão.
Portuguese version of this article: Finalmente, Brasil terá lei contra o terrorismo?
Source: Julio Severo in English: www.lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com

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