And if you weren’t considered a potential terrorist before, you are now.

October 29, 2007 at 2:41 pm (frightening things, politics) (, )

Oh, shit. Read this Rogue Government response to the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 just passed by the House (with support from both Democrats and Republicans, mind you).

First let’s take a look at the definitions of violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism as defined in Section 899A of the bill.

The definition of violent radicalization uses vague language to define this term of promoting any belief system that the government considers to be an extremist agenda. Since the bill doesn’t specifically define what an extremist belief system is, it is entirely up to the interpretation of the government. Considering how much the government has done to destroy the Constitution they could even define Ron Paul supporters as promoting an extremist belief system. Literally, the government according to this definition can define whatever they want as an extremist belief system. Essentially they have defined violent radicalization as thought crime. The definition as defined in the bill is shown below.

`(2) 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.

The definition of homegrown terrorism uses equally vague language to further define thought crime. The bill includes the planned use of force or violence as homegrown terrorism which could be interpreted as thinking about using force or violence. Not only that but the definition is so vaguely defined, that petty crimes could even fall into the category of homegrown terrorism. The definition as defined in the bill is shown below.

`(3) 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.

Section 899B of the bill goes over the findings of Congress as it pertains to homegrown terrorism. Particularly alarming is that the bill mentions the Internet as a main source for terrorist propaganda. The bill even mentions streams in obvious reference to many of the patriot and pro-constitution Internet radio networks that have been formed.

A special commission would be established to deal with these loosely-if-at-all-defined terrorists.

And who would most likely be targeted? The Army of God? Something tells me otherwise. Do supporters of this bill really trust not only our current president, but future ones as well, to use this bill justly?

I’m not sure I understand completely (which I assume unsurprisingly is an intended affect), though this is clearly another mound of dirt atop our democracy’s burial plot. And a particularly poisonous one at that. But wasn’t each…?

Via Fetch Me My Axe.

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5 Comments

  1. Daisy said,

    Shit shit shit.

    They just outright banned dissent, didn’t they?

    And the House is where we have the most Democrats, right? So if it got through there…

  2. Emily said,

    Pretty much….

  3. Egosumabbas said,

    … and a democrat from California sponsored it. Don’t be surprised, Berkeley campus aside, California is an anti-freedom state. Thank you, Representative Jane Harman.

  4. Egosumabbas said,

    Reading more about this Jane Harman character. I don’t get it: she also sponsored “H.R. 2212: To require the President to close the Department of Defense detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for other purposes.” I’m confused?

  5. Emily said,

    I don’t get it either, egosumabbas. Thanks for your comments.

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