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Submitted by Bujevac (United States), Dec 28, 2004 at 22:10

Dr. Pipes,

I would be curious to find out what is yardstick for denoting someone an Islamist/Islamic fundamentalist Perhaps it's my oversight but I could not recover any hard and fast defintion from your writings. This is crucial because if we don't have a tight defintion any Muslim could end up in concentration camps, an eventuality I assume you don't propose. So who is this Islamist we should intern? Does s/he have to engage in/or support violent activties (already a crime unde most legal systems) or just have to believe/write/say certain things to be considered a threat (so far only hate speech laws punish people for verbal utterences).
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Daniel Pipes replies:

First of all, I am not urging that anyone be placed in internment camps, much less in concentration camps.

As to the mechanisms for establishing that someone is an Islamist, I have written several times on this, in particular at http://www.danielpipes.org/article/1322.

DP

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