"Evenhanded use of the "terrorist" label would mean sometimes affixing it directly on the U.S. government. During the past decade, from Iraq to Sudan to Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan, Pentagon missiles have destroyed the lives of civilians just as innocent as those who perished on September 11, 2001. If journalists dare not call that "terrorism," then maybe the word should be retired from the media lexicon."
" ... the United States, for generations, has sustained two parallel but opposed states of mind about military atrocities and human rights: one of U.S. benevolence, generally held by the public, and the other of ends-justify-the-means brutality sponsored by counterinsurgency specialists. Normally the specialists carry out their actions in remote locations with little notice in the national press. That allows the public to sustain its faith in a just America, while hard-nosed security and economic interests are still protected in secret. "
'Whether the attackers are acting on their own or on the orders of their governments, whether they are regulars or irregulars, if the attack is against civilians, then they must be considered as terrorists."
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting, March 2002
"Terrorism is the intentional use of, or threat to use violence against civilians or against civilian targets, in order to attain political aims."
Boaz Ganor, writer
"Terrorism has become a sort of screen created since the end of the Cold War by policymakers in Washington ... It is fabricated to keep the population afraid and insecure, and to justify what the United States wishes to do globally."
Edward Said, Palestinian activist and author
" I can teach you about torture, but sooner or later you'll have to get involved. You'll have to lay on your hands and try it yourselves ... The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect.''
Head of the US Office of Public Safety (OPS) mission in Uruguay in 1981, teaching classes in the art of torture
" If they do it it's terrorism, if we do it, it's fighting for freedom. "
Anthony Quainton, U.S.Ambassador to Nicaragua, 1984, asked to explain how such U.S. actions as the mining of Nicaragua's harbors and bombing of airports differed from the acts of terrorism that the U.S. condemned around the world
"We declared a state of siege so we could kill legally."
Efrain Rios Montt, "born-again Christian" military dictator of Guatemala in the 1980s, enthusiatically supported by the Reagan Administration
There is never any justification for acts of terror against innocent civilians."
Rabbi Michael Lerner