Facebook group protests U.S. House bill

Facebook group protests U.S. House bill By Justin Mohn, Staff Writer.

Tyler College sophomore Ryan Steele, the creator of another protest group called “Students Against H.R. 1955,” said he thought the bill broke with the Founding Fathers’ view of America, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

“I think it broadens the description of a terrorist,” Steele said. “I think it includes U.S. citizens who are against the government in the description.”

Shey said he is also worried about the descriptions of terrorists.

“Would ‘9/11 Truthers’ or anti-war protestors, such as Code Pink, constitute having an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence?” he said. “If definitions such as this one are stretched, dangerous conclusions could be reached.”

The vague language of the bill caused concern, Shey said.

“On the surface this sounds like a good thing,” he said. “Not many people support terrorists or terrorism. However, it is the overall vagueness of the bill that has caused groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights to oppose the act.”

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Regarding how the bill breaks with the Founding Fathers'...

view of America, I thought this was good quote that portrays their wisdom:

“Almost 200 years ago, a remarkable group of men gathered in this room to write a constitution for the new nation that they had helped to create a few years earlier. They were wise and learned group of people. They had learned the lesson of history: the great danger to freedom is a concentration of power especially in the hands of a government." - Milton Friedman