There is an assumption which many of us are inclined to make:
"It will never happen to me".
"You will never be affected".
"They will never feel it in their lifetime".
Could it be that the Press is thinking something like that in regard to S. 1959 the Thought Crimes Bill? Could this explain why they aren't all over it?
After all, the bill targets the internet, the business competitor to the mainstream media, as the culprit in breeding homegrown terrorism. So for the internet to be targeted may be just making the Media rub their hands together with glee. It's more business for them if the Internet shuts down!
Ahhh, how short-sighted this assumption is.
First of all, any speech-curtailing and thought-spying legislation affects everybody, no matter what vehicle is being targeted.
Second of all, it's not only the Internet which The Thought Crimes Bill is aimed at. Let's not forget that it sends out infiltrators to our college campuses to "study"----ie spy on----our most vocal citizens, namely our college students. It targets *anybody* of "radical ideologies" whose inclination, so they claim, is to commit homegrown terrorist acts.
That means that *any* vocal person will be eyeballed with suspicion and is vulnerable to being formally charged, in a "court" hearing---- conducted by Government personnel as set up by the bill-------as a homegrown terrorist.
That could include....vocal citizens, journalists, reporters, tv anchors, students, teachers, bloggers....you name it.
I think a lot of people in our culture genuinely aren't thinking.
When Congress voted for the Patriot Act, which empowers the FBI to search, seize and arrest people/things without warrant or probable cause or connection to terrorist activity, did Congress think "It will happen to us" ? Of course not. So when a COngressman's office was searched, they screamed bloody murder. DUH! What did they expect all along? Short-sighted and unethical, selfish fools. That' s all I can say.
Then there's the Saddam Hussein example. Daddy Bush supplied Hussein and Little Boy Who Cried Wolf later went and got him, with his life.
So much for immunity. Anybody who believes themselves to be on somebody's "Right" side had better think again.
If Congress itself is not immune from the laws they make, how do they stand to benefit from the passage of S. 1959? "If I only had a brain"....."If I only had a heart"......"If I only had courage".....TO JUST SAY "NO!" to this dangerous bill.
We've got to point this out to our Senators. Because unfortunately, unethical people are only motivated out of concern for themselves. SO LET'S PITCH IT TO THEM, RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE AT, AT THEIR OWN DEVOLVED SPIRITUAL LEVEL: THEY THEMSELVES and THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WILL SUFFER UNDER THIS BILL.
As for the self-serving media, of course they will go under if this bill passes. Duh!It's not the Internet which is being targeted, but free speech itself. If they don't "get" that it's very short-sighted of them.
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