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Homegrown Terrorists

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Here's an excerpt from the definitions section of H. R. 1955 which is better known as the Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007:
'(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term 'violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.
'(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- 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.
'(4) IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- 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.
How far we've come from the belief that sometimes violent revolution is not only necessary, but our God-given Right, espoused in the Declaration of Independence, for changing our system of government. This language, my friends, is how dissent is quashed. This is how you make holding any idea that doesn't comport to groupthink illegal. This is the very foundation of a full blown dictatorship. The next step is to open the detention and re-education camps where you'll ship all your "homegrown terrorists".
Here's an interesting question: what happens when it's your own government that is trying to protect itself from the changing will of the people? What do you call it when your own government uses "ideologically-based violence" against its own people in furtherance of it's own political or social objectives? Imagine a government that has grown so large that it has created its own money supply and is no longer answerable to the People because it has cut the purse strings the people used to tie it down. Would it not surprise you to see laws passed by that government that would make any actions by the people which moves towards change of the government illegal? What better way to protect itself than to make "the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system" illegal? You wouldn't even be allowed to propose the possibility that if the ballot box doesn't work, you could turn to the cartridge box. It's about who has control. And in the end, it won't be you.
There is one last point I want to make. Missing from this bill's definitions section is one important term that this whole bill turns on: an "extremist belief system". Who gets to define what an extremist belief system is? How convenient that it was left out. Now, the beliefs and viewpoints of those in opposition to groupthink (or more to the point: governmentthink) can be used against them by those in control of government. All government would have to do is declare today's definition of an "extremist belief system" as whatever position their targeted opponent is espousing and they've just created the legal justification to silence them by force. No, my friends, this in my opinion was done deliberately.


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