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Since September 11, 2001, Congress has been continually debating and redefining the laws that take into the account of the security of America. With little little regard to the Constitution, they have introduced laws under the pretext of keeping America safe, but all the while our borders remain open.
The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act was a bill introduced in October 2007 by Congresswoman Jane Harmon, a Democrat who also sits on the House Intelligence Committee. While she is a Democrat in name, she conforms to the Neocon agenda through her support of Israel and the use of military force to control middle east. Her top campaign contributers are the top military defense contractors including Raetheon, Boeing and Northrop Grumman. Jane Harmon has a long-standing relationship with AIPAC and the alleged writers of the bill, the Rand Corporation.
The Rand Corporation is a global think tank that represents the military industrial complex. While technically the Rand Corporation is a non profit organization, it receives grants from the US military and thus is largely profiteering from Middle East conflicts. You can read more about the shady dealings of the Rand Corporation here.
Please consider contacting your Senators before the bill is passed though the Senate in 2008. You can find a list of US Senators by state and their contact information here. If you want to write to your Senator but are too lazy to write a letter, I’ve found a form letter that you can use as a template. All you need to do is make the necessary adjustments.
The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act: A Tutorial in Orwellian Newspeak
“H.R 1955: the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 recently passed by the House – a companion bill is in the Senate – is barely one sentence old before its Orwellian moment: It begins, “AN ACT – To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes.
The “sheer cloudy vagueness” of H.R 1955, as well as its terror factor, may account for its bipartisan 404-6 House vote, but how, in an era informed by the Bush-Cheney administration’s egregious assault on the Bill of Rights, can the phrase “other purposes” fail to raise the “National Terror Alert” from its current threat level of “elevated” to “severe”?”
Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act Raises Fears of New Government Crackdown on Dissent
“A little-noticed anti-terrorism bill quietly making its through Congress is raising fears of a new affront on activism and constitutional rights. The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act was passed in an overwhelming 400 to six House vote last month. Critics say it could herald a new government crackdown on dissident activity under the guise of fighting terrorism.”
Rights AdvocatesTarget Domestic Terrorism Bill In Senate
“Several privacy and civil liberties groups are taking aim at legislation targeted at preventing violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism inside the United States.They fear that it could lead to the criminalization of beliefs, unconstitutional restrictions on speech, racial or religious profiling, and Internet censorship.”
Remarks on Violent Radicalization & Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act by Ron Paul
“Mr. Speaker, I regret that I was unavoidably out of town on October 23, 2007, when a vote was taken on HR 1955, the Violent Radicalization & Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. Had I been able to vote, I would have voted against this misguided and dangerous piece of legislation. This legislation focuses the weight of the US government inward toward its own citizens under the guise of protecting us against “violent radicalization.”
“Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama says that he will support the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act (S. 1959). According to the automatic email responses constituents are receiving from his office, Obama appears to be straddling the fence between preserving civil liberties and being tough on terrorism.”
Lawmakers Oppose Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act
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.