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Law Organizations Oppose Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act

national lawyers guild and society of american law teachers strongly oppose homegrown terrorism prevention act
 http://nlg.org/news/index.php?entry=entry071127-093332

On October 23, 2007, the House of Representatives passed the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 by a vote of 404-6. The bill will be referred out of committee this week and will then go to the Senate floor. The National Lawyers Guild and the Society of American Law Teachers strongly oppose this legislation because it will likely lead to the criminalization of beliefs, dissent and protest, and invite more draconian surveillance of Internet communications.

This bill would establish a Commission to study and report on "facts and causes" of "violent radicalism" and "extremist belief systems." It defines "violent radicalism" as "adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change." The term "extremist belief system" is not defined; it could refer to liberalism, nationalism, socialism, anarchism, communism, etc.

"Ideologically based violence" is defined in the bill as the "use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual's political, religious, or social beliefs." Thus, "force" and "violence" are used interchangeably. If a group of people blocked the doorway of a corporation that manufactured weapons, or blocked a sidewalk during an anti-war demonstration, it might constitute the use of "force" to promote "political beliefs."

The bill charges that 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." This provision could be used to conduct more intrusive surveillance of our Internet communications without warrants.

This legislation does not criminalize conduct, but may well lead to criminalizing ideas or beliefs in violation of the First Amendment. By targeting the Internet, it may result in increased surveillance of Internet communications in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The National Lawyers Guild and the Society of American Law Teachers strongly urge the Senate to refuse to pass the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.

Founded in 1937 as an alternative to the American Bar Association, which did not admit people of color, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state.

The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) is a community of progressive law
teachers working for justice, diversity and academic excellence. SALT is the
largest membership organization of law faculty and legal education
professionals in the United States.

NLG needs to uncover the Blackwater/OR State Police connect! 28.Nov.2007 20:43

Styve

I am glad to hear that NLG is coming out strongly against HR 9155, etc., but on a local level, it would be great if they started investigating and publishing pieces about the militarization of the local police force and maybe even delve into the Blackwater training that the Oregon State Police participated in in the recent past. I posted something on that a while back, but don't have time to locate right now. Just finished the Scahill book on this sick outfit, and they are the ones who will be doing the enforcing, alongside our own steroid-ridden aggressive police playing toy-soldier.

I hope NLG monitors this, but I will send directly this weekend.

don't mean to hijack...here is the art. on Blkwtr and OR police 28.Nov.2007 21:12

Styve

Blackwater training police in American cities and towns
author: Wayne Madsen Report, posted by Styve
Oregon State Police members have been training with Blackwater...see #39 below.

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The mercenary firm Blackwater USA is well known for the controversy involving its "shoot first, ask no questions" policy in Iraq. It is also known that Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security contracted with Blackwater to provide public law enforcement services in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.

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Citizens have a distinct opportunity of confronting their local elected city, county, and town officials over Blackwater training of their police officers. Local officials should be pressured to reveal the numbers and identities of officers trained by Blackwater, the subjects covered by the training, the revenues spent, and a public demand should be made to cease and desist in such training.
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Funny how Joe Rose, of the Oregonian cheerleading squad, didn't mention this in his garbage article today...guess he was too busy spewing whatever talking points the Feds wanted him to..."only 20 calls this month", "no more than 40 National Guardsmen to participate in Top Off,"police expect real protesters to target the week's events."

With propagandists like that, who needs a free press?!
October 14-15, 2007 -- Blackwater training police in American cities and towns

publication date: Oct 14, 2007


The mercenary firm Blackwater USA is well known for the controversy involving its "shoot first, ask no questions" policy in Iraq. It is also known that Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security contracted with Blackwater to provide public law enforcement services in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. Blackwater is also planning to establish regional training centers in Potrero, California and Mount Carroll, Illinois, billed as Blackwater West and Blackwater North, respectively.

These training centers, in addition to Blackwater's Lodge and Training Center in Moyock, North Carolina -- Blackwater East -- and a possible fourth rumored to be slated for the Pacific Northwest -- Blackwater Northwest -- may result in the establishment of a network of Blackwater-trained police, sheriffs, and other police units around the country. Given Blackwater's dismal record on human rights and brutality, this spells trouble for civilian control of police and paramilitary forces in the United States, from major metropolitan areas to small rural towns.

On October 14, the Washington Post ran a story, which included photographs from Blackwater's Moyock training center. However, what was most intriguing was a photograph of a police and military patch board at Blackwater's headquarters that indicated the police agencies that have sent their officers to Moyock for training.

Blackwater is secretive about its non-federal, as well as its foreign clients, which the Post pointed out includes Jordan, Azerbaijan, and Burkina Faso, but a WMR inspection of the photograph of the police agencies has yielded the following list of agencies that have used Blackwater for training:

homepage:  http://www.oregontruthalliance.org


39. Oregon State Police

A number of the police departments that have been trained by Blackwater have abysmal civil rights and police brutality records, most notably the Chicago Police and Illinois State Police, both cited by former Illinois Governor George Ryan as being guilty of police misconduct in his decision to commute the death sentences of Illinois' death row inmates. It was a decision that likely had much to do with his indictment by the Bush administration on corruption charges -- political misuse of the Department of Justice that has been seen in the indictments and investigations of Alabama former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth former CEO Richard Scrushy, Qwest's former CEO Joseph Nacchio, Democratic campaign contributor Martha Stewart, Coastal Corporation's former Chairman and Democratic contributor Oscar Wyatt, and Democratic-leaning trial attorneys around the United States, as well as the firings of several U.S. Attorneys who refused to engage in political prosecutions, and a Justice Department workup on North Carolina presidential candidate John Edwards in 2004.

The training and potential political indoctrination of police officers by the extreme right-wing and proto-fascist Blackwater, coupled with the politicization of the Justice Department and U.S. courts, has the potential for the streets of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and Washington, DC, as well as Chillicothe, Harvey Cedars, and Elmira to turn as bloody as the streets of Baghdad and Fallujah.

Citizens have a distinct opportunity of confronting their local elected city, county, and town officials over Blackwater training of their police officers. Local officials should be pressured to reveal the numbers and identities of officers trained by Blackwater, the subjects covered by the training, the revenues spent, and a public demand should be made to cease and desist in such training.

homepage:  http://www.oregontruthalliance.org

Styve, how could you? 28.Nov.2007 21:51

Laugh

You hijacked my post! This is the flash mob guy, Ben. Glad you got to put up your post, Styve.

We need Lewis and Clark Law School 29.Nov.2007 07:53

Ecotopian Yeti

With so many environmental law students and other law students in general we need Lewis and Clark Law School to jump on this too

Hey Ben...which flash mobs? 01.Dec.2007 09:25

Styve

I am sorry this thread died, but I am curious about your statement about the flash mobs. I did the impeachment flash mobs, or groups of 4-10 people, last year. I tried to get the 911 Truth community to comment here because there is a lot of talk about combatting SB 1959/HR 1955, given that there is so much BS about those pushing for calling those pursuing the truth about 9-11 as terrists (sic)!!

Here is a nugget that Wayne Madsen just reported, related to exposing the real culprits of 911...will share the whole story when I get the okay...

Mukasey may have very good reason to not appoint a Special Counsel in the Kerik matter. If the investigation of Kerik is removed from the hands of Mukasey, as well as his step-son Marc and his client Giuliani, all sorts of gremlins may escape to plague Giuliani and the Mukasey 2.

It was Kerik as New York Police Commissioner who discovered hijacker Mohammed Atta's virtually undamaged passport from the papers strewn on the streets a few blocks away from the collapsed World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. [...] Yet, the passport, which survived a hellish inferno that reportedly was hot enough to melt steel girders, was said to contain five valid U.S. entry visas issued to Atta at Miami, Key West, and San Juan airports.

If Kerik begins talking to a Special Counsel about where he actually obtained the Atta passport, things could get very nasty, very fast, for Giuliani, Mukasey and company.

Moreover, it was then-Judge Mukasey who presided over the jury trial that heard New York real estate magnate Larry Silverstein argue for over $7 billion in compensation from nine insurance companies as a result of the destruction of the World Trade Center.

Have a good Saturday!!

Styve