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  •  Difference between this and a witch hunt? (2+ / 0-)
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    Witches are make believe.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 04:40:39 AM PDT

    •  The people that died in witch hunts were not (1+ / 0-)
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      make believe.

      In the face of darkness - be the light.

      by Leslie Salzillo on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 04:57:57 AM PDT

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      •  Difference between here and the witch hunts? (0+ / 0-)

        People who physically assault innocents will be tried, and hopefully go to jail.  Most normal people would do just what happened here, merely send in all sorts of false lead tips to police, 'Hey, that looks like the guy down the street'.

        •  Yes, Dr. Erich - you are correct. Maybe I'm (0+ / 0-)

          being misinterpreted. My concerns are that hate groups are going to take the law into their own hands (as many want to do) and find 'suspects', put them on their own trial (in the name of national security) and find them guilty.

          I'm not worried about the average public.

          Side Note: I remember studying the Salem Witch Trials  (ironically in Massachusetts). The 'suspect' witches were all tried and found guilty and in a U.S. court of law -  a completely unjust court of law, but they were 'tried' in court. All you had to do was be accused of being a witch, and you were toast -- literally. It that same mob mentality and fear which is partly responsible for the millions of Jews that were killed, and the  genocide in Rwanda.

          Again - that was a side note.

          Time will tell if the FBI decision was the right one - or if there was even a right decision to be had.

          In the face of darkness - be the light.

          by Leslie Salzillo on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 06:24:00 AM PDT

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          •  I don't think this really changes things much. (0+ / 0-)

            As I think I remember seeing at least one other commenter say, the nutcases already are out their fantasizing about being vigilantes or already doing it, for the things they consider are 'crimes', (abortion clinic bombings, murders) or that 'the government isn't doing enough' (minutemen).

          •  Not a US court (0+ / 0-)

            A British Colonial court in 1692-93.

            Perhaps you are thinking of the so-called Second Salem Witchcraft Trial of 1878? It was a dispute between Christian Scientists involving a claim of harm through "Mesmeric powers", with no connection to traditional witchcraft, and was dismissed in accordance with actual law.

            Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

            by Mokurai on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:18:53 AM PDT

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            •  I stand corrected. It's been a few years since I (0+ / 0-)

              studied about it in high school. (Did you google it?) :)

              The premise behind the Salem Witch Trials has always fascinated me, and the mentality is presented again and again throughout history, in small groups like the Westboro Baptist Church to larger groups like the Nazi's.

              It that kind of extremism, that kind of hatred, that kind of ignorance that worried and worries me. I'm finding it hard to believe that I would have to defend my stance here. I can only hope it's due to poor writing skills in clarifying my  thoughts.

              In the face of darkness - be the light.

              by Leslie Salzillo on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:54:09 AM PDT

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