Sunday, October 28, 2007

Vichy Democrats - Isn't That The Only Kind These Days?

From UFO Breakfast Recipients:

The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007

House Vote, 404 to 6 in favor, with 22 not voting.

Cosponsors:
Rep. Christopher Carney [D-PA]
Del. Donna Christensen [D-VI]
Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY]
Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA]
Rep. Norman Dicks [D-WA]
Rep. Al Green [D-TX]
Rep. James Langevin [D-RI]
Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA]
Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
Rep. Daniel Lungren [R-CA]
Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO]
Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX]
Rep. Dave Reichert [R-WA]
Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS]

Sponsor:
Rep. Jane Harman [D-CA]

The bill

`The Congress finds the following:

`(1) The development and implementation of methods and processes that can be utilized to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in the United States is critical to combating domestic terrorism.

`(2) The promotion of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence exists in the United States and poses a threat to homeland security.

`(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.

`(4) While the United States must continue its vigilant efforts to combat international terrorism, it must also strengthen efforts to combat the threat posed by homegrown terrorists based and operating within the United States.

`(5) Understanding the motivational factors that lead to violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence is a vital step toward eradicating these threats in the United States.

`(6) Preventing the potential rise of self radicalized, unaffiliated terrorists domestically cannot be easily accomplished solely through traditional Federal intelligence or law enforcement efforts, and can benefit from the incorporation of State and local efforts.

`(7) Individuals prone to violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence span all races, ethnicities, and religious beliefs, and individuals should not be targeted based solely on race, ethnicity, or religion.

`(8) Any measure taken to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism in the United States should not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights, or civil liberties of United States citizens or lawful permanent residents.

`(9) Certain governments, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia have significant experience with homegrown terrorism and the United States can benefit from lessons learned by those nations.

I think I can still post gardening tips safely. But consult your lawyer before you read, comment or attempt them. The interpretive communities in charge of composing and implementing that text are known for their paranoia, selective literalism and batshit crazy insights into things that don’t actually exist.

Of the House critters making a bid for the White House, only Dennis Kucinich voted no. Ron Paul apparently was AWOL for the vote, although I can imagine his would also have been a no vote. Check the comments - Scruggs seems to have a pretty good idea of where this is heading assuming it passes the Senate (which I'd say is practically a done deal). Most "respectable liberals" will do some hand-wringing, but will somehow develop amnesia when it comes time to cast their vote for a Vichy Democrat come next November (probably Billary, the Sequel). There might be the occasional show trial and whatnot to remind the rest of us dissidents to stay within the officially designated free speech zones (both the physical and psychological ones).

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