Sunday, February 24, 2008

I think I'm going to be on that list

Let it not be said that people weren't paying attention. This is a story from the San Francisco Chronicle:

U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County) has come up with a new way to expand the domestic "war on terror." Her Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR1955), which passed the House by the lopsided vote of 404-6, would set up a commission to "examine and report upon the facts and causes" of so-called violent radicalism and extremist ideology, then make legislative recommendations on combatting it.

According to commentary in the Baltimore Sun, Rep. Harman and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle believe the country faces a native brand of terrorism, and needs a commission with sweeping investigative power to combat it

We need a commission to study why people think the government sucks? How about they take too much of our money, do a crappy job, and are only looking out for themselves? No Representative Harman, the problem isn't us, it's you.

In the next paragraph, (in case you can't see where this is heading) there is a list of groups who "might" (or will) be targeted for investigation:
A clue as to where Harman's commission might be aiming is the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law that labels those who "engage in sit-ins, civil disobedience, trespass, or any other crime in the name of animal rights" as terrorists. Other groups in the crosshairs could be anti-abortion protesters, anti-tax agitators, immigration activists, environmentalists, peace demonstrators, Second Amendment rights supporters ... the list goes on and on. According to author Naomi Wolf, the National Counterterrorism Center holds the names of roughly 775,000 "terror suspects" with the number increasing by 20,000 per month.
If your name isn't on that list, give it time, it will be.

The whole article is here.

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1 comment:

Conservative Belle said...

Count me in. I am in nearly all of those categories. I was warned about this kind of thing a few years ago with the Patriot Act.