I thought I knew what terrorism was. Whenever I think of terrorism, I think of Al-Qaida. You know, those militant Islamic groups in the Middle East who depend on the U.S. for financial and military sustenance. The U.S. uses them for our own political goals to fight our common enemies. They go on rampages, killing men, women and children and making refugees out of millions. Where would they be without U.S. foreign policy? Probably non-existent.
So, that’s generally what I think of when I think of terrorism. What I don’t think of is a middle-aged, disabled Iowan with kidney cancer and colon cancer who has no weapons and no criminal record. But then again, I’m no expert. And it would take a serious expert to explain why aiding and abetting terrorist groups in the Middle East is perfectly fine and even “for the children,” but a Centerville, Iowa man criticizing the lack of security at his granddaughter’s school is a “threat of terrorism.” Police said that when it comes to children’s safety, they can’t take any chances. (Oh, please.)
Since 52-year-old Brian Davis is disabled, he is treated regularly by a physical therapist. He thought he lived in a free country, so he made the mistake of speaking plainly with his therapist. He was upset at how lax the security was at his granddaughter’s school. He said that it was so lax that anybody could walk in that school. This statement concerned his therapist, who notified the hospital administrator, who contacted the Centerville Police Department. They were concerned because they thought that Mr. Davis might have been threatening to go in his granddaughter’s school and start shooting kids.
Police say that Mr. Davis personalized it, because he said that he could go in the school. Mr. Davis denies that, saying that he said anybody. Even if he did say something to the effect of, “The security at my granddaughter’s school is so lax, I could go in there and do something,” would a reasonably intelligent person perceive that as a threat to actually commit mass murder?
I guess we’re not dealing with reasonably intelligent people. We’re dealing with people who are in a constant state of fear. Anything can be twisted to make it sound like someone is making an actual threat to commit a crime. In Brian Davis’s case, he was charged with “felony threat of terrorism,” a charge that comes with a 5-year prison term.
He was held in custody for a little over a week and was released last week after a psychological evaluation concluded that he was not a threat to himself or others. However, he has to stay away from schools and day care centers.
Davis didn’t have any firearms, but if he had, they would have most definitely confiscated them, and the fact that he had a gun would have played into their decision not to release him.
This is how easy it is for a therapist or doctor of any kind to get one of his clients/patients in trouble with the police. All you have to do is open your mouth, and someone somewhere might be listening in, dissecting every word you say and contacting the police because of something you may have said or insinuated that might be somehow connected to a possible threat of some kind of a crime.