Even while the bill veils the request that the Commission “should not” violate civil liberties and protect the people, the text of the bill includes the imperative that the people “shall not” coerce the government. Without defining what “coerce” means. So to hold our politicians accountable, in public, could be misconstrued as “coercion”. Bye-bye free speech and Government transparency. And welcome to the thought and speech police country in the United States of America.
Michael Ratner, head attorney/director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, said on a radio talk show that this bill is “so broad” and used words to the effect that it could be misconstrued to suit indivualized agendas.
E) The Bill targets thought and not action, which is very Red China-like and plainly unconstitutional:
Note that the text above says that “Any measure taken to PREVENT violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism….” (emphasis added). In so stating, the US Government is claiming that they hold a crystal ball, capable of discerning individuals’ violently radicalized, homegrown terrorism INTENTIONS, DESIRES AND THOUGHTS to commit crimes against the USA. INTENTION AND THOUGHT, by itself, is evasive and is not enough to PROVE a crime ring in action. Simple mind reading is not enough, is Red China-like and unconstitutional.
Further, to make “recommendations” to the government based on THOUGHT alone is to confess that future legislation targeting thought and not action is in the works. That should have us all very concerned. This legislation based on these “recommendations” will be the end product of studying the most vocal people in our country: Our college students, “radical” citizens, “terrorists” such as 9-11 truth-tellers have already been dubbed to be, etc. Could the motive to quell free speech be any more clear?
F) While the bill claims not to discriminate against any one social cross-sector, in fact it very plainly does just that:
The bill sets up the Commission using Colleges as its headquarters. Hmmmmm…..and of course, college students are our most vocal citizens and the most internet-savvy. A strategic place to study the way the Internet is used and the expression of free thought.
LET’S GET THE PETITION GOING, EXPOSE THE FACTS FOR WHAT THEY ARE, WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITORS (EVEN IF THAT MEANS THE LOCAL PAPERS, SINCE THE MAINSTREAM NEWS WON’T TOUCH THIS) , GATHER FUNDS FOR A MAJOR LAWSUIT (WHICH WILL SCARE THE HECK OUT OF THEM), EMBARRASS THOSE WHO INTRODUCED THIS BILL BY DEMANDING THEIR RESIGNATION, AND TOPPLE THIS BILL! (And demand a filibuster if it passes, reminding Senators that we pay them to do our collective will).
Thank you all for your help.