The U.S. House or Representatives has passed HR 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. Some people have speculated that this little more than Big Brother legislation that would enable the federal government to crack down on people for committing “thought crimes.” The Orange County Register had this to say about the bill.
Her bill threatens constitutional rights by creating an anti-terrorist commission with sweeping investigative power and a mandate to propose laws prohibiting whatever the commission deems homegrown terrorism.
Specifically, the commission is a menace through its power of hearings and subpoenas, a power expressly authorized for even a single member of the commission – little Joe McCarthy’s running around the country, holding their own private hearings. An aura of authority automatically accompanies its congressionally authorized mandate to suggest ways to stem homegrown terrorism, primarily through legislation the commission will propose.
Interesting all of Arizona’s congressmen voted for the bill with the exception of Jeff Flake (what next, an endorsement of Ron Paul?) Flake was joined by two other Republicans, Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) and John Duncan (TN-2.) Among the few Democrats who joined Rohrabacher was Dennis Kucinich (OH-10.) The fact that Rohrabacher and Kucinich voted with only 4 others in the house against a bill should have been major news in itself. There has been very little news coverage of this bill. Interestingly the left leaning Arizona Blogs, who were all upset about the Patriot Act, seemed to have passed over the fact that all of the Arizona Democrats in the house voted for this bill.
The bill is now in the senate as S. 1959. If our readers have any insight into this piece of legislation we would appreciate comments. If there is a story here we may return with an update on this legislation.