thought crimes act
Here's a Thought Crimes Act flyer a friend of mine created.
(It is more effective to call your Senators, but it helps to send this email as well. I've done both).
Stop the Police State Bill
If you believe that America is a democracy and should not be turned into a police state like Burma, Pakistan, and China, then join with us to STOP The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, S. 1959.
This flawed and dangerous bill , introduced by Rep. Jane Harman, could be the final triumph of fear over reason as the Federal government makes thought a crime under the guise of preemptive National Security, if we allow the Senate to pass it.
Please email your Senators now, and tell them to vote NO on the The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. We encourage you to edit the title and text using your own words.
This is what I sent via PDA:
Libelous presentations by the Simon Wiesenthal Center at the House hearings have made the intent of this law clear.
ACLU contact form: http://www.aclu.org/contact/general/index.html
We can contact MoveOn at: http://pol.moveon.org/feedback/fb/form.html?tp=suggest
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: (202) 675-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, D.C. – The ACLU continues to have serious concerns regarding the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1955). Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the Washington Legislative Office of the ACLU said, "Law enforcement should focus on action, not thought. We need to worry about the people who are committing crimes rather than those who harbor beliefs that the government may consider to be extreme."
Online Petition: IN OPPOSITION to H.R. 1955 and S. 1959: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007
To: U.S. Senate
On April 19th of this year, a resolution entitled "H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007" was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives and sponsored by:
Rep. Jane Harman [D-CA]; 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]; and Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS].
H.R. 1955 would virtually give our government the power to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN who voices opposition to the U.S. Government for any reason, not merely domestic terrorists and violent political radicals.
author: Ross Stone
"The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act"
Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" is not written exactly like the Nazi 1933 Discriminatory Decrees that suspended the Reich Constitution, but it can bring America to the same place by trashing America's civil liberties. Harman's bill has the potential of driving lawful political and other activists underground into American cell groups. Perhaps expectantly creating the domestic terrorists the Bush Administration has said we need to be protected from.
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD AND SOCIETY OF AMERICAN LAW TEACHERS
STRONGLY OPPOSE HOMEGROWN TERRORISM PREVENTION ACT
On October 23, 2007, the House of Representatives passed the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 by a vote of 404-6. The bill will be referred out of committee this week and will then go to the Senate floor. The National Lawyers Guild and the Society of American Law Teachers strongly oppose this legislation because it will likely lead to the criminalization of beliefs, dissent and protest, and invite more draconian surveillance of Internet communications.
This bill would establish a Commission to study and report on "facts and causes" of "violent radicalism" and "extremist belief systems." It defines "violent radicalism" as "adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change." The term "extremist belief system" is not defined; it could refer to liberalism, nationalism, socialism, anarchism, communism, etc.
The following speech was made by Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS], chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Bennie Thompson refers to the Gilmore Commission, whose last report was issued in 2003. Don't know where he came up with the 1993-98 timespan. The Gilmore Commission information is located at the RAND website.
THIS MEANS HR 1955 WAS WRITTEN BY THE RAND CORPORATION AS WELL AS ALL OTHER TERROR LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN ENACTED IN THE UNITED STATES. I do not have the time or writing skills to do this issue justice. i hope someone can pick up this ball and run with it.
Bennie Thompson's speech:
"Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1955, the Violent Radicalization of Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.
This bill can make all who participate in non-violent, civil disobedience labeled a potential terrorist. Your words could be considered "promoting an extremist belief system", and YOU ARE THE TERRORIST (WHICH MEANS THEY CAN STRIP YOUR CITIZENSHIP, AND HAVE YOU TORTURED AND EXECUTED).
Tina Richards http://www.grassrootsamerica4us.org
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:02:36 -0500 (EST)
Grassroots America, A Non Profit
As my daughter threw herself onto Independence Ave last month in her passionate plea to stop the second deployment of her brother and respect the earth at the "No War, No Warming" protest, she did not know about this upcoming senate bill. This bill that passed 404-6 in the house is poised to pass in our Senate. This bill looks to make myself, my daughter and all others who participate in non-violent, civil disobedience a potential terrorist.
Please call your senator and oppose S 1959.
(You can post responses here. The guy at Republican Senator Smith's office was warm when I mentioned S. 1959, until I told him why I opposed it. The lady at Democrat Senator Wyden's office was very receptive.)
Thank you again for all your support.
H.R. 1955 Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007
This bill has passed and now waits for a vote in the Senate;
The true intent of this bill has been demonstrated and discussed;
"Simon Wiesenthal Center presents 9/11 sites alongside radical Jihadist sites to House Hearing on "Terrorism and the Internet"
Senate in session again next week, start calling on Monday, November 26th.
CALL: Use the US Capitol Switchboard toll-free numbers to call your two US Senators.
I'm disgusted that Ron Paul voted repeatedly against the Cheney impeachment bill (HR333, NOW HR799). This was roll call 1037, 1038, and 1039. Paul sided with Sterney Hoyer who attempted to kill the bill altogether, and against Kucinich.
Congressman Ron Paul, explain yourself?
I had praised Paul for his statements about the lack of independent investigation into 9/11. Paul should certainly have taken the same stance on investigating Dick Cheney in formal impeachment proceedings.
The second vote, which is inexcusable and just hypocritical for Paul and his carefully crafted persona is roll call 993, The "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007."
Paul did not vote.
Kucinich showed up to vote against it. One of 6 to actually stand up for the Constitution.
Where was Dr. Paul?