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Thought Crimes. No it is not 1984, it’s H.R. 1955.

November 20, 2007

H.R.1955, like so many of the bills passed under this administration uses such vague on critical points. The Patriot Act gives a vague definition on a terrorist. The Military Act of 2006 leaves the interpretation of Enemy Combatant wide open. H.R.1955 is vague in so many areas, it actually goes after “Thought Crimes”.

In H.R.1955, one of the most disturbing definitions is the definition for “Home Grown Terrorism”. It says that anyone that even thinks about acting against the Government, or People of the United States who is born in the United States, will be arrested.
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HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term `homegrown terrorism’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

The definition for “VIOLENT RADICALIZATION”;

The term `violent radicalization’ means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.

H.R. 1955 is an assault on the Constitution, although according to this administration is not a problem because they have said time and time again, they rule by the Patriot Act.

SEC. 899B. FINDINGS.
`The Congress finds the following:
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(1) The development and implementation of methods and processes that can be utilized to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in the United States is critical to combating domestic terrorism.
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(2) The promotion of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence exists in the United States and poses a threat to homeland security.
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(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.
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(4) While the United States must continue its vigilant efforts to combat international terrorism, it must also strengthen efforts to combat the threat posed by homegrown terrorists based and operating within the United States.

`(5) Understanding the motivational factors that lead to violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence is a vital step toward eradicating these threats in the United States.

`(6) The potential rise of self radicalized, unaffiliated terrorists domestically cannot be easily prevented through traditional Federal intelligence or law enforcement efforts, and requires the incorporation of State and local solutions.

`(7) Individuals prone to violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence span all races, ethnicities, and religious beliefs, and individuals should not be targeted based solely on race, ethnicity, or religion.

`(8) Any measure taken to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism in the United States should not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights and civil liberties of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents.
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(9) Certain governments, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia have significant experience with homegrown terrorism and the United States can benefit from lessons learned by those nations.

Number 3, points to the internet as a problem, and there has been speculation that under this Bill they will restrict the internet.

Number 8, in all reality stops this bill from being used, because the whole bill is against the Constitution.

If you look at number 9, the countries mentioned are 3 of the 4 countries that took part in the Martial Law drills that took place on U.S. soil in October of this year. The drill, Vigilant Sheild-08

By any means possible we must stop this bill from getting out of the Senate. Write, e-mail, or phone your senator, and all senators to kill this bill. We can not afford to give this kind of power for this (P)Resident, or leave it for future leaders. There has been too much power handed to the Executive Branch already. If we look at all the Bills, Presidential Directives, and Executive Orders, put into play under this Administration, they almost have absolute power over the government. And that is a very bad thing.

ABA

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick permalink
    July 12, 2008 12:18 pm

    “Any measure taken to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism in the United States should not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights and civil liberties of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents.”

    I love it. According to this bill, we can forcefully remove Bush from office and it won’t violate our constitutional rights! Our president is openly religious, isn’t that making us a big target for “ideological acts of violence” from radical groups??? Additionally, couldn’t it be alienating to non-Christian Americans and engender domestic dissent? So… wouldn’t removing him from office be preventing potential attacks from religious groups? Seriously, if politicians can recognize the volatility of religion to the point where we make laws like this, why can’t keep their faith as private as other aspects of their lives?

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  2. November 21, 2007 1:47 am

    Great post here Aba! This is something I think you should write more about and more often. We need to get people awake and aware to what really is going on with our federal government…it is a scary day we live in for people who want to practice their constitutional rights ….good work Aba, keep it up!

    J.O

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