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Department of Homeland Insanity

November 5th, 2007

My thanks to my friend George Elliott for bringing this to my attention. Refer to
Thomas — Search for Bill Number HR 1955

A new Thought Police Bureaucracy

“Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)[H.R.1955.EH]” introduced by Rep. Jane Harmon (D) of California, creates a new bureaucracy dedicated to figuring out who among us American citizens is a terrorist or potential terrorist — ignoring, of course, any Islamic connections to terrorism. If you don’t believe this, read the bill and the comments by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D) of Texas (senior Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure), who says, commenting on the bill (see Congressional Record):

“Many years of civil rights jurisprudence and law have been ignored and thrown out the window when the racial profiling, harassment, and discrimination of Muslim and Arab Americans is permitted to occur with impunity. These practices show a reckless and utter disregard for the fundamental values on which our country is founded: namely, due process, the presumption of innocence, nondiscrimination, individualized rather than group suspicion, and equitable application of the law. We cannot allow xenophobia, prejudice, and bigotry to prevail, and eviscerate the Constitution we are bound to protect.
The securing of our homeland and protection of our national security is on the forefront of my agenda. However, using 9/11 as an impetus to engage in racial profiling, harassment, and discrimination of Muslim and Arab Americans is not only deplorable, it undermines our civil liberties and impedes our success in the global war on terror. We must fight our war on terror without compromising our freedoms and liberties.”

This is insanity – squared! Ignore the Islamic fundamentalist hate-mongers and study the American public to seek out subversive, terrorist influences and ideas. Maybe more on this later.

2 Responses to “Department of Homeland Insanity”

  1. comment number 1 by: heretic5

    The comment, “A new Thought Police…”, labels this pending legislation “insanity”. Although there is a perspective from which this is a correct label, it nevertheless remains that we would be prudent to explore the remainder of the logic tree. What if, from the perspective of the government, this legislation is rational and logical? If this were to be the case, then what could we deduce about the world-view of the government? Among the many possibilities is the possibility that the government believes that Americans, as a group, are much more of a threat to the government than any foreign terrorists. Without digressing to discuss the merits of this viewpoint, it would then seem logical that this goverment intends to employ even more stringent measures against Americans than have been employed against any foreign terrorists, real or imagined. This pending legislation appears to be designed to enable the government to legally employ measures against Americans which measures would otherwise be illegal. Additional comments and corrections are welcomed.

  2. comment number 2 by: admin

    When government officials become afraid of the citizens and go down in their bunkers this is indicative of something truly evil.

    The source of tyranny is when government becomes more concerned about its own self preservation than the wellbeing of citizens.

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