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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 10:04 PM
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Children of New Bedford Immigrant Raids Are Victims of Terrorism, Testifies Dr. Laria Today
BOSTON, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- "If we define 'terrorism' as systematic premeditated acts of violence that provoke feelings of terror in targeted victims, there's no better term to describe these events," said Dr. Amaro Laria of the violent undocumented immigrant raid of a factory in New Bedford last year to the National Commission on ICE Misconduct and Violations of 4th Amendment Rights today at the state house. The Commission is examining ramifications of such raids on families, communities and local economies.

A clinical psychologist and director of the Latino Mental Health Program at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Laria led a group of mental health volunteers in the aftermath of the raids that separated hundreds of mothers and their children. He spoke of the children devastated by the raid, such as a seven-year-old who displayed symptoms typical of a post- traumatic stress disorder -- severe anxiety, guardedness, hypervigilance, and irritability. "Her father," testified Laria, "reported that she was losing weight and that she was having severe insomnia and violent nightmares every night since she was separated from her mother."

He went on describe other faces of New Bedford that still haunt him. A child who contemplated suicide, another who called 911 when her mom didn't come home that day, a breast-fed baby rushed to an emergency room with severe dehydration and "...the young teenager who was arrested at the factory and then psychologically tortured because she refused to provide information about her mother and siblings in order to protect them," he said.

He also described the humiliation of detained women required to prove to guards that they were lactating, who were watched as they went to the bathroom, and who found themselves in shackles in the courtroom.

"As a mental health professional, as a father of two young children, as an immigrant myself, and as a human being with some compassion for the suffering of others, it is extremely difficult for me to make any sense of these premeditated, officially endorsed inhumane acts in the name of justice," he went on.

"Regardless of how we feel about US immigration policy, as a society, we hold dear the health and well-being of our children -- of all of our children. No child in America should be kept up at night worrying that her parents may be 'taken away.' No child should leave for school not knowing if his parents will be home when he returns," he said to the commissioners today.

"As parents, a child's terror is our own terror."

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mac2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 10:39 PM
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1. Just like the drug raids bring terror to children?
Aren't there parents responsible not the law enforcers?
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Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 11:40 PM
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2. Yes, many people do like to blame the victim for their injuries.
Most of them are republican ideologues.
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 09:50 AM
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3. Big moral differences between drugs dealers and people unlicensed to work
while drug dealers and consumers are affecting the future of our children by destroying their minds, the immigrants problem is not to have a license to work, they play by the rules in all other aspects.
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 11:54 AM
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4. Drugs raids. Is U.S.terrorism against its citizens sanctioned thru the policy of drug prohibition
While Americans ignore the the global secret of the Wall Street, CIA and the Global Drug Trade
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 08:05 PM
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5. One problem.
""If we define 'terrorism' as systematic premeditated acts of violence that provoke feelings of terror in targeted victims, there's no better term to describe these events...."

However, that's not actually how most people define "terrorism", is it? I can define "terrorism" as the "feeling that one has when you reach for your wallet, find it's not in its usual location, and suddenly feel anxiety that you may not be able to pay for your and your date's dinners." Doesn't make waiters, as a group, terrorists. Note that definitions tend to depend crucially upon being agreed upon by the speaker and hearer, and while in academia you often have to define your terms in order to have a set reference point, it's squirrelly to do so in normal, civil discourse.

I find this one to be a good, all-purpose definition: "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons" (American Heritage).

It has the basic requirements: use or threatened use of violence with the intention of intimidating or coercing, and it has to be applied to more than one person--say, to a rather large group. No intent, no actual terrorism. No targeted group, no terrorism. Oh, and the violence has to be more than metaphorical.

After all, various laws and the enforcement of the laws often inspire terror. (Just ask Catholic priests when there's a knock on the door and the officer holds out his/her ID and says, "We're with vice." Not that the psychologist at issue would deign to consider the detectives terrorists, and the priests innocent victims, of course. That would involve consistency, not advocacy.)
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