The terrorist attack on Congresswoman Giffords and her entourage raises some interesting questions of culpability since the laws governing terrorism have been made so elastic that almost anyone can be charged for almost anything. Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul, a citizen of Yemen currently held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, was convicted in November 2008 of performing media relations (making videos) for Osama bin Laden and sentenced to life imprisonment after a commission of 9 military officers deliberated for less than an hour. One also recalls that bin Laden;’s driver was also imprisoned at Guantanamo. Both men were charged with providing material support to a terrorist.
Based on that precedent, it is clear that Sarah Palin and the others that advocated terroristic acts in the guise of exercising their 2nd Amendment rights and who have used gun metaphors in their campaigning have likewise provided Material Support for Terrorism. Sarahpac website features a map of the United States with enemies listed and shown geographically, with a seen-through-a-gunsite symbol highlighting their location on the US map. Giffords is one of the targets. Palin or her handlers appear to be aware of the problem they have created as she is reported to be erasing all references to guns, gunsights, targeting, and shooting from her website as well as expressions like “no retreat-reload.”
Will Mrs. Palin be charged under the Military Commissions Act or is it restricted only to brown people originating somewhere east of Suez?