Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the MS-13 gang could be designated as a terrorist organization.
Asked by Fox News's Tucker Carlson on Tuesday whether he thinks the designation would be helpful, Sessions replied, “I think so, perhaps. I believe it could qualify for that."
"There are rules that I guess the State Department does to establish that," he added. El Salvador has already designated MS-13 a terrorist group.
Sessions called the gang "one of the most violent gangs in the history of our country."
“We can devastate this gang. We’re going after them," he said. "We’re not going to allow them to take over a block, a corner of our communities and terrorize people with this violence.”
Now MS-13 is definitely a dangerous and violent criminal gang, but legally designating them as terrorists opens up a Pandora's Box of unconstitutional actions that could potentially be taken against US citizens in US territory. Once you define down "terrorist" as "a group of criminals" then all criminal groups become terrorists. Being designated as one means you get the other for free.
Again, taking law enforcement action against MS-13 gangsters in the US is entirely different from deeming them terrorists and using possible military force against them. And what about places where MS-13 exists outside of the US? Do we invade El Salvador in order to stop MS-13? Mexico? Guatemala? Belize, too?
Yeah, this is all kinds of bad here folks, and we should definitely be concerned here. Who gets designated as a terrorist organization next?
Considering we already have a domestic terror problem with white supremacists and sovereign citizens? Why are we suddenly concentrating on creating fear of Scary Brown People as a terrorist threat?
Oh wait, I answered my own question.