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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jumping the Reservation

  Bang bang, he shot me down 
Bang bang, I hit the ground 
--Bang, Bang, Sonny Bono 

[Note: Ranger wrote the following piece last night, before news of Dorner's death.]

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck calls cop-killer Christopher Dorner "a domestic terrorist," but is he?  What IS a domestic terrorist?

Was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh one?  He did try to develop an organization and attacked a government target, apparently hoping to garner support and membership as a result of his criminal actions.

Ted Kaczynski ("The Unabomber") was another person who used terrorist tactics, but he was a lone wolf with no pretensions to organization or structure, either for the purpose of support or group affiliation.  His actions could be described as nihilistic.

Former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner believes himself wronged, and belatedly targeted those he believed responsible for his "decline".  His actions seem to spring from paranoid ideation rather than terrorist aspirations.  He is collecting a perverted payback.

Labeling Dorner a terrorist unleashes a broad array of extralegal actions which may be taken against him. We have become acclimated to these illegal responses because we justify that terrorism must be combated at all costs, as it is a scourge to be blamed for all the ills that plague our daily lives.  But it is too facile to label a protester or a nutcase a "terrorist", and we must have some rigor in our definition.

Everything is not terrorism, even if it walks and talks like a terrorist.  Terrorists create mayhem any way they can via their unpredictability. We are a reductionist and cookie cutter society, and we are also an overstimulated society, in need of ever greater drama to keep us somewhat awake. Ergo, violence = terrorism, and the Constitution may be trashed in the process.

Beyond the questionable designation of the shooter as a terrorist, can that designator be applied to our President and his Administration?  Is President Obama acting as a terrorist when he dispatches hit teams to foreign lands?  Is the SEAL with 30 assassinations under his belt who killed Osama bin Laden a terrorist?

Ranger's analysis of Dorner is that he will not kill again capriciously because he has shot his wad.  He has shown the world how pissed off he is and there is no further need for killing; he has had his catharsis.

If he shoots again, it will be because he is cornered (Report: Dorner's wallet found in burned-out cabin.) [He did shoot again, as he was cornered.]  He will fight because he knows he is dead whatever the outcome, and he will try to take a few more government agents out with him.  He, and we, know that the LAPD wants to kill him.

He will not shoot any women or children [Donner did not kill the maids who discovered him, and he also  stole a man's truck, telling him, "'I don't want to hurt you. Just get out of the truck and start walking up the road.' [The man] asked if he could get his dog out of the back. Dorner said, "Okay, but don't take time to get a leash."]

All murder is not terrorism, but terrorism is often murderous.  The goal of cutting terrorists from the herd is a reasonable one; however, it must be done within a legal framework, one which is already firmly in place, if it has not always been employed.  People are so brainwashed to believe that terrorists are other than criminals, belonging to some rarefied category outside the body of law, that they will cheer the use of drones upon one designated, "terrorist", even though this violates his due process of law, one of the central tenets of our democracy.

Ranger hopes the rogue L.A. cop is arrested (not "captured", which is a designator used in combat, which this is not).  However, the propaganda buildup in the press does not bode well for this outcome.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what you wrote. I have the same concerns about this word "terrorism". i was wondering when they were going to test the limits and loose the drones on Dorner.

Another aspect of this story that conerns me not only at face value, but also because it received so little criticism in the media, was that the LAPD was running around shooting up people in vehicles that merely resembled Dorners. It was a clear case of attempted summary execution with no regard for public safety or the Bill of Rights. An old lady got shot through the back and her middle age daughter, who received a less severe wound, was, undoubtedly, totally terrorized ;-)

The cops involved should not only their badages, they should be criminally charged. I doubt either will hapen.


Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:21:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wtf? I need a secratary... lose their badges


Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:23:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

i didn't even get interested in this scenario UNTIL the lapd designated Dorner as a domestic T.
I believe the first killer drones will be used against Mexican drug mules coming up out of the southern reaches.
This will sell well in Peoria and Arizona, and viola we have a fiat accompli.
I think Dorner was dead or seriously wounded before the rounds cooked off in the cabin.
I don't accept the suicide implication of the first pop. It sounded just like all the other cook offs that were on the tape.
His lungs will tell the tale, but we'll not hear the facts any time soon.
The swat teams sure do bunch up.
I found it humorous that a LAPD spokesman said that Dorner had a suppressed 308 and that they didn't know where his shots were coming from. Wasn't he holed up in a cabin?
If they didn't know his location then why were they putting out a heavy volumn of obviously unaimed fire.
To protect and serve.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 11:45:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Let me amend my cmt.
The LAPD put out a heavy volume of unaimed AUTOMATIC weapons fire. I reckon u noticed that they all had auto wpns with extended hi cap mags.
Sure makes me feel safer.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 11:48:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim. At one point the media was saying that Dorner had some kind of .50 cal (I assumed this was a Barret or some similar bolt action). I too noticed the bunched-up SWAT guys. I have to admit to maintaning a perverse curiousity throughout as to when one of those big .50 cal rounds was going to plowing through three or four of them.

But yeah, LEs behavior was less than professional in several crucial areas. The shoot first, spray and pray, approach is by far the most disturbing to me. The old lady that was shot in a car is now lawyered up. Should be interesting.

I figure Dorner was hit in the exchange that killed one deputy and wounded another. He may have succumbed to the wound(s) before SWAT shot the place up.

If he didn't, I'm sure they just blasted him without chance of surrender.

If Dorner had kept his killing to cops only and NOT shot the girl and (maybe) not the lawyer,and been competent enough to drag this out for months, he had a chance of becoming a folk hero in some circles


Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:17:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

On this one? I got nothin'.

But I wanted to tell jim to get over to Capitol Hill ASAP because his SEAL dude is there arguing for pensions for SOF-types after 5 years in. Because...well, because y'all are so...special!

I guess the moral is that terrorist or not, we all want to be speshul snowflakes...

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:54:00 PM GMT-5  
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