Date: October 25, 2007 2:07:29 PM MDT
To: “BORDC Board of Directors Mailing List”
Subject: ***House Passes Thought Crime Prevention Bill
House Passes Thought Crime Prevention Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1955 titled the
Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of
2007. This bill is one of the most blatant attacks against the
Constitution yet and actually defines thought crimes as homegrown
terrorism. If passed into law, it will also establish a commission
and a Center of Excellence to study and defeat so called thought
criminals. Unlike previous anti-terror legislation, this bill
specifically targets the civilian population of the United States and
uses vague language to define homegrown terrorism. Amazingly, 404 of
our elected representatives from both the Democrat and Republican
parties voted in favor of this bill. There is little doubt that this
bill is specifically targeting the growing patriot community that is
demanding the restoration of the Constitution.
First let’s take a look at the definitions of violent radicalization
and homegrown terrorism as defined in Section 899A of the bill.
The definition of violent radicalization uses vague language to
define this term of promoting any belief system that the government
considers to be an extremist agenda. Since the bill doesn’t
specifically define what an extremist belief system is, it is
entirely up to the interpretation of the government. Considering how
much the government has done to destroy the Constitution they could
even define Ron Paul supporters as promoting an extremist belief
system. Literally, the government according to this definition can
define whatever they want as an extremist belief system. Essentially
they have defined violent radicalization as thought crime. The
definition as defined in the bill is shown below.
`(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.
The definition of homegrown terrorism uses equally vague language to
further define thought crime. The bill includes the planned use of
force or violence as homegrown terrorism which could be interpreted
as thinking about using force or violence. Not only that but the
definition is so vaguely defined, that petty crimes could even fall
into the category of homegrown terrorism. The definition as defined
in the bill is shown below.
`(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.
Section 899B of the bill goes over the findings of Congress as it
pertains to homegrown terrorism. Particularly alarming is that the
bill mentions the Internet as a main source for terrorist propaganda.
The bill even mentions streams in obvious reference to many of the
patriot and pro-constitution Internet radio networks that have been
formed. It also mentions that homegrown terrorists span all ages and
races indicating that the Congress is stating that everyone is a
potential terrorist. Even worse is that Congress states in their
findings that they should look at draconian police states like
Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom as models to defeat
homegrown terrorists. Literally, these findings of Congress fall
right in line with the growing patriot community.