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Terrorism-baiting is a neologism, coined as a parallel to Red-baiting, referring to the practice of trying to discredit critics of the United States' current Middle Eastern foreign policy by falsely asserting that the critics are in league with, duped by, or otherwise sympathetic to terrorists. As with Red-baiting, the term can be used fallaciously, when used with regard to actual terrorist-sympathizers such as Ward Churchill, Fahad Hashmi, or Anjem Choudary of Islam4UK.
Terrorism-baiting is largely performed by right-wing elected officials and spokespeople for conservativesgroups, which means that the targets of it are mostly those who are disfavored of the right-wing, specifically leftists and Muslims.
Examples of terrorism-baiting are:
- Representative Chip Cravaack's (R-MN) denouncing the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a terrorist group during the March 2011 hearings held by Representative Peter King (R-NY) on the 'radicalization' of American Muslims.
- Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens’s May 24, 2011 accusation that the Georgia State Progressive Student Alliance was being manipulated by terrorists when it made a public records request for information about Georgia State University’s Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program.
- Green-baiting can sometimes involve terrorism-baiting as environmental advocates are often portrayed as members of ecoterrorist organizations like ALF.
- Letter from MoveOn.org condemning Chris Hannity’s terrorism baiting of Professor Stephen Zunes.
- Progressive Student Alliance Hold Press Conference Regarding GILEE Open Records Request (May 27, 2011)
- ↑ Interview with Ian Almond
- ↑ Rep. Peter King Contradicts Himself While Muslim-Baiting Political Correction. August 3, 2010.
- ↑ Students rally against GILEE Mishall Rehman. The Signal. October 19, 2010.
- ↑ Progressive Student Alliance Hold Press Conference Regarding GILEE Open Records Request (May 27, 2011)