Saturday, April 18, 2009

On October 23, 2007, The House of Representatives passed HR 1955: The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. The vote was 404 to 6, with 22 abstaining. There was no debate.

This law targeted ideology, not specific acts. This bill was meant to intercept or modify peoples thought processes (via intervening propaganda) or punish those who were deemed to be mentally heading toward a possible violent opposition to the state. This law would have put the last nail in the coffin of the First Amendment.

Fortunately, this bill was shelved before the Senate could vote on it- alert journalists can be thanked for seeing this one put to rest.


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