To state that today is critical would be a gross understatement; the Internet is buzzing about the upcoming passage of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, yet through all of the talk and articles, we still haven’t joined-in with enough numbers to stop this Bill dead in its tracks – and if we don’t, as all of the author’s seem to agree, Free Speech in American could effectively become a memory, and those who have constantly fought for our freedom(s) will likely be muzzled and may be hauled-off to internment camps, which we now know exist and when S 1959 is passed into law, it’s inevitable that they will soon be used. LINK Yes, they are real, and were built by FEMA and KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary. Do your own Internet search and you will find pictures and documentation of these camps, yet the Mainstream New Media hasn’t uttered a word to the public about these camps, which demonstrates the MSM has been totally compromised as a reliable news source.
Positive Universe Abstracts has an entire page devoted to the plethora of Op-Eds and articles on this subject you can find at this LINK. Two more informative and frightening articles were published last night or this morning, and both offer the reality we may face if this Bill, the worst assault on the Constitution in this nations history, is allowed to pass:
There is factual evidence supplied in all of the above articles, but the piece which is missing is how to stop this bill dead in its tracks, and although I commend all on taking this odious Bill to task – the time for action is now, before the Bill is passed and then, nothing will save this nation from tyranny. We must join-in in solidarity to halt this egregious assault on our Constitutional rights, and several sites are openly re-printing how we can do it.
Please read How To Make A Grassroots Movement Successful and then take matters into your own hands and urge others to do the same. There is a solution, but simply writing about the problem won’t make it go away, and only your participation will – so please, don’t think that it couldn’t happen to us as the Jews did in Germany, even as they were in the railroad cars on their voyage to death and imprisonment. We may face similar fates ourselves if we don’t band-together and speak-out in unison and there is very little time left. The Bill is being fast-tracked, so its passage could occur at any time.
Help to save yourselves and the beloved country we grew-up in, and make a statement, not tomorrow or the day after, but today, and each and every day thereafter until this Bill is declared dead. To do otherwise is to allow you to find yourselves in one of those camps in the not too distant future, and only by speaking-out today will we be able to circumvent the horror of tomorrow if this Bill is allowed to pass.
FOOTNOTE: To help make this phone and email protest to be effective, it is imperative to re-post this message on every Progressive/Liberal Blog in America, and to make it a subject on all of those Discussion forums so the bulk of those who find their news on the Internet are aware of this message.
Google, thankfully, shows this article on their search engines. Yahoo, MSM, and even Technorati will not show any results when you search for this article. It shows the government is concerned, and every effort is being made to kill this story, yet it still remains popular and I’ve noted the colleges in particular are reading this story, as well as thousands of others all over the United States. Once again, my hat is off to Google for remaining true to their base and have evidently decided to side with the people rather than the government.
There are two very long comments on DIGG that talk in depth of the need to defeat this Bill, and another offers a sample letter to send to Congress – and I deeply appreciate their help and they are reprinted below for your perusal; don’t, however, forget to burn-up those phone lines in Washington. It’s critical that our Senate understand that the people have “had enough” – and it’s time for change!
phnx0221 5 hours ago
For those who say they have read this act, and that it doesn’t affect us, take a look at their definitions listed at the top of the act:
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.
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.
Do you see the words “force OR violence?”. What is it that we try to accomplish when forming, or participating in a grassroots movement, a protest, an email, phone, or letter campaign?
We are trying to force a change in government action, ideology, or trying to force a change in thought of every day citizens who have the power to locally affect legislation being passed in their state, or local communities.
Congress found “The promotion of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence exists in the United States and poses a threat to homeland security.”
Meaning those threats of force OR violence pose a threat to Homeland Security.
Congress found “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.”
Meaning that restrictions will most certainly be imposed on the internet to immediately cease traffic to and from known sites commencing with “terrorist” ideologies. After that, and sites with a lot of traffic adhering to their definitions of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, or ideological based terrorism (by the ever changing definition of Homeland Security), will not only be monitored, but the users who post many comments hoping to inspire, motivate, and drive people to action will also be individually monitored, possibly banned from these sites, or otherwise restricted. These restrictions will likely be imposed in other ways of life as well. Look at the no fly lists, police databases, CCTV cameras, etc.
Congress found: “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.”
Unless of course, they amend the constitution to allow it. Or, they pass an act, such as this very act, or the patriot act, or the protect america act, that allows executive privilege in a vaguely defined “time of emergency”, to disregard those rights in order to protect the homeland.
Congress found: “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.”
CCTV cameras, Internet monitoring and censorship, media consolidation under government decree, face tracking, country/continent unification, excessive tasering, the development of surveillance material to be used in public places, and in gatherings of protest/dissent (small hovering microphones and cameras, the development of hovering taser devices).
I can go on and on, and if need be I will.
If you honestly think that this doesn’t affect us, that our government couldn’t possibly commit illegal acts of censorship, silencing, monitoring, and installing fear among their own citizens, you couldn’t possibly be more wrong. The government has done all of these things before, and we didn’t know about it until many years later when these acts were deemed irrelevant enough to be “declassified”.
We have several covert federal agencies operating with our police system, our court system, the internet, phone companies, and will soon be within our medical records as well (RFID chips anyone?).
This is something that WILL affect us. This is something that we have to take care of. WE MUST RETALIATE.
Flood the offices of your congressional leaders with phone calls. Write a letter to them on your computer, save it, and print and send dozens of copies. It’ll cost you what, five dollars in stamps?
Contact your media again and again and again. Discuss it with your family and friends.
The time for the passing of this legislation is near. We must act now. We have to act now.
We cannot let apathy get the best of us. We cannot let fatalism or defeatism get the best of us. You are not alone, you are among many. You will make a difference, because your voice will be among thousands. If we don’t protect ourselves, our children, and our neighbors, what left will we have to life for? How will we be able to organize and fight for further infringements and atrocities if our rights to organize and dissent are slowly withering away?
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phnx0221 2 hours ago
Here is a letter that I just typed out. It contains some of the same material from the previous one. Feel free to use it or draw upon it. Send it to anyone you like, the more the merrier. We need to get this, or anything else, out to as many people as possible. Make sure you include the name(s) of your Senator(s), as well as your name at the bottom (as, correct me if I’m wrong, but a lot of times, the staff will throw out letters that are not from the constituency as that particular senator). I’m going to send these out to my senators today, after I get more stamps. Please do the same.
It has come to my attention, that The U.S. House of Representatives has recently passed HR 1955 titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. This is now up for review in the Senate Judiciary committee, listed as S.1959.
Per the language used in the Act itself, S.1959 defines Homegrown Terrorism as: “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.”
“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.”
Congress found: “The promotion of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence exists in the United States and poses a threat to homeland security.”
Congress also found: “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.”
Congress also noted: “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.”
These findings and definition are of grave concern to us U.S. citizens. The countries listed as having experience and influence of terrorism and terrorism prevention, have consolidated their media under government decree (Canada), leaving almost no room for open, unbiased, investigative journalism that would inform the citizens of the goings on the their countries that should bring concern. The United Kingdom, as well as the United States have begun installing CCTV cameras in public places that will track and monitor, individual faces of persons engaging in loosely defined “suspicious activity”. There have been news reports of business in the process of implementing hovering surveillance devices that can monitor visual and audio activity of suspects, as well as surveillance devices that can assist police and government organizations in deterring aggressive resistance of arrest or detainment, by issuing small electric shocks similar to that of the controversial taser device.
This act also allows for a central organization to be created to monitor, detect, and report on suspicious “homegrown terrorist activity within the United States”. The definition of such activity is vague, leaving room for the possibility of anyone seriously advocating social change, restoration of the constitution, and advocating the organization of protests to “coerce the United States government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof”.
This Act is undermining, and threatening, the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens to organize in dissent of the Patriot Act, NSA surveillance, telecom immunity, social injustice, the War on Terror, or any other program that the citizenry feels is in violation of their inalienable rights as U.S. citizens.
We have had enough. Your constituency, the people you represent, are asking that you vote no when this Act comes up for review.
Here is the website containing the Act (House Resolution HR1955, also S. 1959) in full detail: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill= …
All U.S. citizens who are doing nothing but voicing their opinions against a President and Vice President who have expanded their executive powers, bypassed our congressional check and balance, and has undermined our U.S. Judiciary System, are now at risk, by this new act, of being labeled and prosecuted as a terrorist. Vote NO on S.1959.
Here is a link to all of the Senators, and their contact information (name, address, phone number):
NOTE: If anyone viewing this message believes that President Bush has been honest with the American People and should be untrusted with a Bill which could enable them to further curtail our right to Free Speech, please view this telling commentary by Keith Olbermann in regard Presidential honesty (sic), or lack thereof: