Received a response from Ron Wyden concerning HR 1955. My reply to Ron Wyden:
"I received your letter in response to my opposition to S. 1959/HR 1955. The bill is full of vague language and mere lip service to constitutional safeguards and protection of civil liberties. The bill was falsely portrayed in the House as a routine matter requiring no debate. That is why it passed by such a wide margin.
The bill is a false flag attack on democracy and free speech. Many of your constituents are now aware of this."
United States Senate
WASHINGTON. DC 20510 3703 December 7, 2007
Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns about the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you may know, in October 2007, the House of Representatives passed the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, H.R. 1955. This legislation would establish a temporary commission to examine the issue of ideologically based violence in the United States. In addition, this bill would establish a university-based center to help homeland security officials with training, education, and research on preventing violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism. The bill would also require that any actions taken under the bill do not violate the constitutional rights or civil liberties of Americans. Now that the House has passed H.R. 1955, it awaits further consideration before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
I want you to know that I believe security and civil liberties are not mutually exclusive, and that they should be approached in tandem when crafting legislation. In fact, the promotion of American security and the protection of Americans' rights and freedoms should reinforce each other. Please rest assured that should this bill or similar legislation come before me in the Senate, I will keep your concerns in mind.
Again, thank you for keeping me apprised of your views. If I can be of any further assistance to you on this or other issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
United States Senator
HTTP WYDHN 8HNATF < «V