Dec. 19, 2007
Right now, the Senate is considering S. 1959, a replica of H.R. 1955, the thought control bill that passed the House 404 to 6! Both House and Senate bills are called "The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007"
We have a chance to derail this ill conceived mess. Obama has backed away from reflexive support for the bill and is now neutral. Calling and emailing your two U.S. Senators is a high impact move right now. (Senate Directory) http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
If you're really motivated, here are the names for the Senate committee members. http://hsgac.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=About.Membership
They can all reflect on your calls after they end work for the year on Friday.
While these bills claim to work against "homegrown" terrorists, the real outcome is a chilling effect on Internet free speech and political activity. The bill is a set up to tag any political "undesirable" as "facilitating violent radicalization" simply on the basis of one's vehemence in opposing the administration. Rep. Harman's House subcommittee proved this by defaming 911 Truth and anti immigration groups by including them in a presentation on "pro Iraqi insurgency" groups. Who's next?
The first article is a take on the real dangers of this legislation. We are the target. The second article is a response to the just issued House Committee on Homeland Security staff document defending H.R. 1955.
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Congress Brings Thought Control to the Internet (excerpt below) link to www.apj.us
"This bill seems more about those who harshly criticize those in power, elected officials.
Viewed from that perspective, there are at least two goals for this legislation:
1. Chill domestic free speech by loyal, law abiding individuals or as the authors might have thought: 'We're sick and tired of all these letters and accusations. Let's give them something to think about for a change. Whenever they make these accusations, they'll have to think about being tagged as a terrorist supporter.'
2. Provide a tool to defame those who get too far out of line. They now have words to use against those Internet "trouble causers" who demand impeachment, say Congress is grossly negligent, call the war a travesty, etc., or as they might have thought, ... "
Internet Control Bill Under Fire (excerpt below) http://tinyurl.com/283ed5
"The claim that this is not "Internet censorship" is myth propagated by the Committee, subcommittee, and their supporters. Right now, the bill creates a standard for "facilitating violent radicalization" that could include many individuals and groups on the Internet who simply despise the Bush - Cheney administration and hold Congress in extreme contempt.
"If Congress is looking for the cause of "violent radicalization," it need look no further than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and within its own chambers. Wasn't it the White House that proposed the Iraq War Resolution and the Congress ...
Are they not responsible for the incredible brutality of the war on Iraq, the clear cause of the severe hostility toward the United States?"