PLEASE GET YOUR CITY COUNCILS AND COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO PASS RESOLUTIONS AGAINST S. 1959 The Homegrown Terrorism and Violent Radicalization Act!
When city councils, county supervisors and State Boards get behind stopping any piece of legislation, there is publicity for it. And the concerns gather public credibility.
Even if there is a media black-out on S. 1959, to get public officials to pass resolutions against it and to issue public statements would be to a) get even just the local papers and college newsletters involved in news coverage of the issue b) let the Senate think twice before voting for S. 1959 especially as the raw truths are exposed, on a public level.
I want to point out that Legislative Aides in the Congresspeoples’ offices are burying the truth about S. 1959 not only from the American people, but from Congresspeople themselves. And that could account for the reason why Congress is passing this bill. My own Representative, Lynn Woolsey, is one of the few who always votes for the best interest of the Constitution and the people’s collective will. She votes against all personal bias even if just to represent the will of the people, is inclined to be the lone voice if only to do the right thing, and is just terribly ethical (one of the golden few still in public office: Thank you Lynn Woolsey!) Even her Legislative Aide sent an email when I was on the phone with an office Aide, inquiring regarding my concerns and stating that S. 1959 “only” studies terrorist thought models. He said nothing about the fact that S. 1959 creates an unconstitutional “Court” comprised of government personnel themselves to hold hearings of American “Terrorist” citizens. Most of these “terrorist” citizens would be innocent vocal people, given the loose definition of “Terrorism” in the Patriot Act which sweeps up religious and peace groups in its net, as paired up with the generally loose wording in the Violent Radicalization Act. Yet this legislative Aide for this wonderful Congressperson said nothing about the clear and present danger of Americans being wrongfully tried as “terrorists” just for speaking up, in a “court” of clearly biased government personnel with no judge to act as “Check” on government power, no citizen jury for impartiality, and basically the government itself acting as judge, prosecutor and juror. He also said nothing about the fact that the bill targets thought and not action: Unconstitutional, right there.
(I wrote to Lynn Woolsey directly through the email account of her office aide, who said that she personally would deliver the email to Lynn Woolsey’s desk. And I cued her in to what her legislative aide is up to).
If the informational blackout from Legislative Aides is why Congress is passing this bill, then it is up to us citizens to get the word of truth out. And in a hurry too: It will only be two more weeks before Congress reconvenes after the Winter break.
Let’s talk to our friendly Supervisors, City Councils and State Assemblymen. Let’s please meet with them personally, face-to-face, to tell them that they MUST stop the passage of this bill. They MUST issue a public statement, in the local news media (because the mainstream will black them out) in order to get word out to the public. And the public MUST be reminded that when Congress waves signatures in front of other Congresspeople, they have the backbone and clout to “Just say No”. Therefore, our voices collectively WILL make a difference. THIS IS PIVOTAL, BECAUSE DEPRESSION GOVERNS OUR MASSES AND WHEN PEOPLE HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS BILL, THEY WILL BE INCLINED TO LIE DOWN PASSIVELY AND SAY “SIGH”. WE’VE GOT TO REMIND THEM THAT POLITICIANS WANT TO BE RE-ELECTED, AND THEREFORE THE VOICES OF THE MASSES WILL COUNT. NO, NOT THE LONE VOICE BUT THE VOICES OF THE MASSES, ABSOLUTELY YES.
Let me reiterate from other articles before, that I have seen Senators reverse their positions 180 degrees when signatures by the millions have come in from grassroots organizations like Moveon.org and hundreds of thousands of signatures from the ACLU.
ABOUT THESE FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS:
a) It’s terribly important to be fact-based and very professional and courteous. If we turn these people off by coming on like a stick of dynamite, that’s the last thing we or even our whole country need for our free speech. Please be very, very careful not to turn them off with our typically heated or pushy manner as activists.
b) Very important: Even while “Being positional” in the sense of bringing in fact-based concerns, remember that thoughts go through peoples’ minds which motivate or demotivate proactivity. To ask your officials what their responses are, and to remain genuinely in a receptive listener’s position (don’t jump down their throat!) would be key to rebutting the thoughts and assumptions going through their heads. They may, for example, really believe (and be fooled that) this bill is targeting terrorism and terrorists. They also may be highly inclined to doubt that the bill really targets vocal people, believing in the Free Speech America which we have all known and loved for more than 200 years.
I suggest not starting off with a presenation about the bill itself, but instead to pop a copy of the declassified FBI “International Terrorism Matters” investigation on the ACLU’ s website, linked below (it doesn’t investigate terrorists at all). I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words: If you start out your conversation by saying nothing at all, but merely putting a copy of this actual FBI document into their hands, it will itself spawn conversation and thought. It also will “sell” them on the reality that free speech America is about to become a thing of the past if S. 1959 passes into law.
To bring in the facts, not mere speculation, supporting your assertion that the bill really and actually does target free speech will be the key thing to “selling” them on your point of view and turning them around. SPECULATIONS WILL ONLY TURN THEM OFF AND CONVINCE THEM THAT YOU ARE A CONSPIRACY KOOK OR PARANOID. BE FACT-BASED, NOT SPECULATIVE. Avoid saying things like “people will be stripped of their citizenship and tortured as terrorists” etc. Even if that is a possible scenario, a statement about it will only cement you yourself as a “paranoid” individual who is not to be believed. Bring in the facts and let them draw their own conclusions. That’s always the safest way to go.
And please remember: It is not only facts which are believed, but especially the image of credibility or non-credibility itself which “Sells“ the point being made. When we are believable in our manner, the facts will be “heard“ : When we say things which make us appear paranoid or pushy or otherwise lose our credibility, all the facts in the world will never convince anyone. Remember that!