After several mail bombs were sent to a hit list of Democrats across the U.S. and 11 Jewish people were shot and killed in a Pennsylvania synagogue, some are wondering whether there should be a domestic terrorism law on the books like there is for international terrorism.
The absence of a clear-cut law leads prosecutors to go after a hodge-podge of other related charges and leaves no way to track trends in quantity or outcome, reported the Associated Press. People for the idea also say white supremacists and others who kill for ideology should “get the same terrorism label as Islamic State group supporters.”
However, others worry that in our current political climate, the label – and the tools used along with it, like communications monitoring –could be abused based on movements the government does not support or infringe on people’s civil liberties.
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