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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2008-02-07 13:31 

Look up the bill on thomas.loc.gov or do a Google search for Senate Bill S.1959. (Or House Bill H.R. 1955.) There, guised under an anti-terrorism title, is perhaps one of the greatest threats to our liberties to come along in many, many years. It threatens freedom of speech as well as the right to keep and bear arms:

SEC. 899A. DEFINITIONS.
In this subtitle:

  1. COMMISSION- The term `Commission’ means the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism established under section 899C.
  2. VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- 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.
  3. HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term `homegrown terrorism’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
  4. IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- 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.

While this sounds innocuous, let’s break this down.

Under definition #2, this website could be considered “violent radicalization” depending upon the judge that hears the case. Who defines what an “extremist belief system” is? Some people would define a return to constructionist Constitutional principles “extremist,” and this website is certainly designed to advance political and social change. If Bill Clinton can try to change the definition of the word “is”, what about “ideologically based violence”? Would a deluge of faxes to a congressman’s office be considered violent? What about advocating tens of thousands of people sending bricks to their congressmen with notes saying “build the wall”?

Under definition #3, if this country gets to the point of tyranny, to the point where the People need to overthrow the government as we are entitled to do, anyone advocating such action (and, arguably, anyone keeping or bearing arms for that purpose) will be guilty of “homegrown terrorism.” Let us recall the preamble of the Declaration of Independence (emphasis added):

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Fortunately, this bill has not yet passed. There is still time

Use The Mailbox to call, write, or fax your Senators, and encourage others to do the same. The House version of the Bill, H.R. 1955 passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 404-6, but we still have the opportunity to kill this heavy-handed legislation in the Senate. Tell the Senators that we have more than enough “conspiracy to commit” laws on our books to prosecute these people, and that liberty-stripping legislation like S.1959 and H.R. 1955 are over the top.

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3 Responses to “Call to Action: S. 1959 & H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007”

  1. chutzpah Says:

    I, also, see something very sinister, in this S.1959 bill. The word “violence”, however, seems to be what it is, on the face of it: whether real (physical) or threatened.
    The wording that, to me, seems more subtle–and therefore more “subtly dandgerous” to the welfare of “We [sic], the People”–is the following phrase:

    “…the [process of] adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating…violence…”

    The words that I left out described the kind of violence, in question: “ideologically-based” violence.

    It has occurred to me–to my mind–that the intent of this bill is aimed at Islam, in America, rather than at anything else. When I hear of ideologies that foster violence, I conclude that Islam is “one such belief [i.e, ideological] system”.

    Islam “fits the description” of a belief system that readily resorts to “ideological violence”, as a way of achieving its ends. It [Islam] does this, wherever it is found (in whatever country), around the world.
    The Qu’ran [viz., Koran] is THAT religious book that promotes, fosters, and foments violence, within its membership.

    Perhaps, there is growing evidence (accumulated by our FBI and CIA agents, within the country) that Islam, on American Soil, is in the process of becoming clandestinely more violent: in its schemes, plans, and covert activities, within American mosques, and other venues.

    If the above is true, then I see this Senate Bill as a way of acting pro-actively, should the Muslim extremism be found to be escalating its home-grown plans for violence; terrorism; and vengeance, against the American People and/or against the U.S. Government.

    IF, however, this bill is poorly constructed and overly ambiguous, then our own citizens (in the future) could well “fall victim” to its having been miscontrued and mis-applied–as a direct result of being poorly crafted and poorly thought-out and written

  2. chutzpah Says:

    I would like to correct a phrase that I wrote, just previously, to read:

    “…then (in the future) our own citizens could well fall victim to its having been misconstrued and mis-applied, as a direct result of S.1959 being poorly-crafted and poorly thought-out and written.”

  3. Taylor Says:

    Calls to Action just got easier…

    Simply goto http://www.govit.com/S_1959/ and vote on this bill. You can have your vote sent directly to all of your reps.

    It’s free, easy, and takes only a sec to register.

    Vote now http://www.govit.com/S_1959/