Read the Bill

From by way of Digg

The end of Free Speech in America has arrived at our doorstep. It's a new law called the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, and it is worded in a clever way that could allow the U.S. government to arrest and incarcerate any individual who speaks out against the Bush Administration, the war on Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security or any government agency (including the FDA).

The actuall bill (which despite the author of the original article's authors insistance on referring to as a "law" isn't) is written to create a comittee to study what makes people become terrorists, and to set up an ongoing comission to study this. There are no provisions in the bill for any kind of policing, nor are there any provisions for any kind of enforcement of anything at all. It sets up a comission. That's all it does. The comission is given no authority, only items to research. Law enforcement organizations are not given any powers or authorities by this bill. The comission and the study group are expected to "study", "report", "research", and "understand".

There is absolutely no provision in this bill to "arrest and incarcerate any individual" at all. Seriously. This is why politics in the country is such a mess. Even the people who claim to be paying attention can't be bothered to read the bills that they rail against, and the mass of the population diggs articles like this without doing any research of their own.

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