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According to HR 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, the Internet is guilty of promoting terrorism, and is subject to sentencing by Congressional committee.

HR 1955 can be found in its entirety by clicking this link: HR 1955 text. While reading this bill, it occurred to me that one of the main thrusts of the bill, as indicated in the following excerpt, is to declare the Internet guilty of promoting terrorism, and to lay the foundation for sentencing. Please pay careful attention to numbers 2 and 3:

SEC. 899B. FINDINGS

The Congress finds the following:

1. The development and implementation of methods and processes that can be utilized to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in the United States is critical to combating domestic terrorism.

2. The promotion of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence exists in the United States and poses a threat to homeland security.

3. The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.

4. While the United States must continue its vigilant efforts to combat international terrorism, it must also strengthen efforts to combat the threat posed by homegrown terrorists based and operating within the United States.

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5. Understanding the motivational factors that lead to violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence is a vital step toward eradicating these threats in the United States.

Let's go through the bill, starting with items 2 and 3, listed above:

The promotion of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence exists in the United States and poses a threat to homeland security. The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens.

The Internet is charged with promoting violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence, which poses a threat to homeland security, and has been found guilty as charged.

HR 1955 then goes on to determine sentencing by creating a commission that shall be "established within the legislative branch of the Government: the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism" (HR 1955 Section 899C(a)). This Commission is composed of 10 members, appointed for the life of the Commission. The Commission shall:

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Not later than 18 months after the date on which the Commission first meets...submit to the President and Congress a final report of its findings and conclusions, legislative recommendations for immediate and long-term countermeasures to violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence, and measures that can be taken to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence from developing and spreading within the United States...
(HR 1955 Section 899C(q)).

Section 899D of HR 1955 then creates "a university-based Center of Excellence for the Study of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States (hereinafter referred to as 'Center')" (HR 1955 Section 899D (a)), to establish a method for carrying out the sentence recommended by the Commission. The Center's purpose shall be

...to study the social, criminal, political, psychological, and economic roots of violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism in the United States and methods that can be utilized by Federal, State, local, and tribal homeland security officials to mitigate violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism (HR 1955 Section 899D (b)).

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These are probably the same people that condemn Ch... by Anton Grambihler on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 2:33:33 AM
THE INTERNET IS THE LAST TOOL FOR THE FREE PEOPLE ... by RICHARD SHADE on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 4:55:33 AM
It  does sound a little illogical but the onl... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 7:29:43 AM
This is an interesting theory. What do you base it... by Barbara Peterson on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 2:25:03 PM
of oppression reeks of the  previous experien... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 2:41:05 PM
But wouldn't anyone doing this be labeled a &q... by Barbara Peterson on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 3:12:41 PM
Yesterday two so-called friends said they were goi... by Mr M on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 11:25:40 AM
Hubby agrees with you that something is in the air... by Barbara Peterson on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 2:23:25 PM
It is very difficult for some people to realize th... by Shirley Bianchi on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 12:05:12 PM
Blacks endured fascism/government sponsored racist... by M. Davis on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 1:51:35 PM
Well said! The degree of elitist control over the ... by Barbara Peterson on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 2:15:45 PM
and arrange  for the prominent populist ( tak... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007 at 3:07:07 PM