Your use of the words “terrorist” and “terrorism” is of concern for several reasons:
A) To selectively choose college students and “radical” citizens for “study and recommendation” is to imply that they are automatically suspected of terrorist intent. This will in turn breed suspicion of vocal people, who may only be trying to uphold the Constitution. What a smear campaign! Radical citizens are not automatically violent! To set up a Committee to make recommendations based on these “radical” peoples’ thought patterns is a form of intimidation and an indirect attack on free speech, regardless of the claims your bill makes. By making “recommendations” to the government based on the “radical“ thinking of these people, this bill is clearly aimed at squelching dissent later on, in future legislation.
B) The Red Cross estimates that more than 70% of Guantanamo detainees are innocent. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the ACLU echo each other with unremitting consistency that Many “terrorist” detainees at Guantanamo are held (and a few released) “without ever having been so much as charged with a single crime”.
D) It’s amazing to read the ACLU’s examples of how many Violently Radicalized, Homegrown Terrorist FBI Investigations there are of innocent, law-abiding Americans. And how few homegrown Administrative concerns there are to target real terrorists for investigations. For example, former FBI agent Mike German emailed ACLU members that since 9-11-01, only ONE terrorist has been caught as the result of National Security Letters (FBI terrorist subpoenas for private phone, medical, Internet and other records). 143,000 NSL’s were issued between 2003-2005 alone----that’s 993 per week----53% of which were for American citizens, born and naturalized alike.
How is it possible that there are communications with Bin Laden, and yet "Bin Laden can't be found" ? Hmmmm.....
So much for the War on Terror and who is being targeted as “terrorists”.
Law professor Stephen Schulhofer writes, in the book “Liberty Under Attack”, that with the Patriot Act subpoena and arrest powers granted unilaterally to the FBI based on no probable cause, the FBI “were merely required to self-certify that they were acting in good faith”.
Couple that with the gag orders accompanying the FBI-issued National Security Letters without a judge’s review, plus the violently radicalized, homegrown terrorist jail sentences of FIVE YEARS just for telling anybody that one received such a subpoena at the momentary whim of the individual FBI agent---and NO WONDER Americans believe that we still have free speech! NO WONDER Americans think that the FBI are really targeting terrorists! With gag orders/jail sentences and zero judicial involvement wrapping the whole package in utmost secrecy, Congress itself doesn’t know the extent of the abuses which are occurring even as we speak!
"My National Security Gag Order" is a true story written in the Washington Post by a recipient of a National Security Letter (NSL) carrying a gag order with a penalty of five years in jail for telling. The country: Post-11 USA.
FYI given the FISA broadening for which you voted, most of the links below to this “Homegrown Terrorist” information retrieved from the “Terror-breeding” Internet will falsely read as “address not valid“. Cut and paste them to Google (thank you Google!) and they will come up. Barring that, enter them to the search box on the individual websites and they will work:
Even bird watchers are being repeatedly grilled by the agenda-crazed FBI! For this and more scenarios affecting ordinary citizens, look no further than here: http://www.rightsmatter.org/multimedia/
www.aclu.org/safefree/general/20073prs20050718.html This link takes you to the ACLU's statement that they, as an organization, are being spied on (more than a thousand FBI pages about the ACLU), as are other groups such as Greenpeace which has been officially branded a “terrorist“ organization. Not mentioned above is the forgiveness-oriented Quaker anti-war group, American Friends Service Committee. They sent out an email to members stating that they had been called a “terrorist” organization, by the Bush Administration itself.
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/17548prs20050518.html “Since when did feeding the homeless become a terrorist activity?" asked ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson. "When the FBI and local law enforcement target groups like Food Not Bombs under the guise of fighting terrorism, many Americans who oppose government policies will be discouraged from speaking out and exercising their rights."
www.aclu.org/safefree/resources/18709res20041201.html Examples of California free speech/free association violations on ACLU National's website
www.aclu.org/spyfiles/index_old.html This summarizes the ACLU's attempts (most of them stonewalled) to get information about the spying of the FBI on peaceful activist groups and religious groups. It also lists who they are, what the ACLU has done, evidence they managed to get in spite of stonewalling, etc.