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Arizona Rep proposing legislation that will classify patriots as “domestic terrorists”

Posted By Douglas J. Hagmann On February 1, 2007 @ 2:37 am In Fifth Column | Comments Disabled

By Douglas J. Hagmann, [1] Director

1 February 2007: Arizona House of Representative Kyrsten Sinema (District 15, Phoenix) [2] is proposing legislation that would revise an Arizona criminal statute that would make felons out of patriots, and classify groups such as the Minutemen, Guardian Angels or anyone daring to voluntarily identify and report illegal activity in her state as “domestic terrorists” and worthy of a 6-month minimum stint in prison.

Sinema, who has failed to return my calls for comments about her proposed legislation, is sponsoring HB 2286, [3] that would amend Arizona Title13, Chapter 23, section 13-2301 and adding section 13-2320 that states, in part:

“An individual or group of individuals commits domestic terrorism if the individual or group of individuals are not affiliated with a local, state or federal law enforcement entity and associate with another individual or group of individuals as an organization, group, corporation or company for the purpose of patrolling to detect alleged illegal activity or to individually patrol for the purpose of detecting alleged illegal activity and if the individual or group of individuals is armed with a firearm or other weapon.”

And to make certain that no good deeds remain unpunished, Sinema and her co-sponsors are mandating that anyone who is convicted under this revised statute spends a minimum of six-(6) months in jail, even if the court sentences the defendant to probation. The intent of this revision is an obviously transparent attempt to make criminals out U.S. citizens. If Sinema has her way, U.S. citizens concerned about the threat posed by illegal aliens, drug smugglers, and illegal border incursions and dares to voluntarily assist law enforcement by identifying and reporting such illegal activity at the U.S.-Mexican border, will be guilty of a class 5 felony, be required to spend 6 months in jail, and be further classified as a “domestic terrorists.”

Sinema has a consistent track record of voting against legislation introduced in the Arizona State Legislature that fights illegal immigration, even to the extent of introducing legislation that would exclude illegal aliens – including drug smugglers -crossing into the U.S. from Mexico from being prosecuted under a 2005 anti-smuggling law.

Applicable text of bill:

13-2320. Domestic terrorism; classification [3]

A. An individual or group of individuals commits domestic terrorism if the individual or group of individuals are not affiliated with a local, state or federal law enforcement entity and associate with another individual or group of individuals as an organization, group, corporation or company for the purpose of patrolling to detect alleged illegal activity or to individually patrol for the purpose of detecting alleged illegal activity and if the individual or group of individuals is armed with a firearm or other weapon.

B. Any city, town or county that suffers injury arising out of a violation of this section may maintain an action in superior court for the recovery of damages or for an injunction, or both. the court may award the successful party reasonable attorney fees.

C. If the court sentences the defendant to a term of probation, the court shall order that as an initial condition of probation the defendant be imprisoned in the county jail for a period of not less than six months. This jail term of incarceration shall not be deferred, deleted or otherwise suspended and shall commence on the date of sentencing. THis subsection does not apply to persons who are sentenced to serve a period of incarceration in the state department of corrections.

D. A violation of this section is a class 5 felony.

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[1] By Douglas J. Hagmann,: mailto:director@homelandsecurityus.com

[2] Kyrsten Sinema (District 15, Phoenix): http://www.azleg.gov/MembersPage.asp?Member_ID=52&Legislature=48

[3] HB 2286,: http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/48leg/1r/bills/hb2286p.htm

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