Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act dead in the Senate
The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act (H.R. 1955) passed by an overwhelming 404-6 in the House last October. However, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee does not plan to consider the Senate version of this bill (S. 1959) this year. Grassroots activists’ calls seem to have moved the bill to a very slow track for the time being.
Watch Congressman Henry Waxman, Representing the 30th District of California in the US House of Representatives, admit that he doesn’t even read the bills for which he votes.
The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act passed the House of Representatives 400 to 6 . The act proposes the establishment of a commission composed of members of the House and Senate, Homeland Security and others, to “examine and report upon the facts and causes of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in the United States” and specifically the role of the internet in fostering and disseminating extremism.
According to the bill 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, while the term ‘ideologically-based violence’ means 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.”