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    110th CONGRESS

    1st Session

    H. R. 1955

    To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes.



    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    Ms. HARMAN (for herself and Mr. REICHERT) introduced the following bill;

    Additional sponsors: Mr. DENT, Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi, Mr. DICKS, Mr. PERLMUTTER, Mr. LANGEVIN, Mr. CARNEY, Mrs. CHRISTENSEN, Ms. CLARKE, Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. AL GREEN of Texas, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California, Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California, and Mr. POE




    October 16, 2007

    A BILL


    To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes.

    DEFINITIONS.

    ..(1) COMMISSION- The term ..Commission' means the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism established under section 899C.

    ..(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term ..violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.

    ..(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term ..homegrown terrorism' means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

    ..(4) IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- The term ..ideologically-based violence' means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual's political, religious, or social beliefs.

    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.

    ..(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.

    ..(6) The potential rise of self radicalized, unaffiliated terrorists domestically cannot be easily prevented through traditional Federal intelligence or law enforcement efforts, and requires the incorporation of State and local solutions.

    ..(7) Individuals prone to violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence span all races, ethnicities, and religious beliefs, and individuals should not be targeted based solely on race, ethnicity, or religion.

    ..(8) Any measure taken to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism in the United States should not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights and civil liberties of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents.

    ..(9) Certain governments, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia have significant experience with homegrown terrorism and the United States can benefit from lessons learned by those nations.

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    To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes.
    They should not be allowed to include wording that is so vague that it can mean anything.

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    That wording is done on purpose so the NRA, GOA, VDCL and other pro-gun groups can be targeted. It also makes it easyer for things like Waco, Ruby Ridge, Night of Broken Glass and Night of the Long Knives to be carried out.

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    sedjester wrote:
    To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes.
    They should not be allowed to include wording that is so vague that it can mean anything.
    Why do they need this bill at all? Everything terrorists do is already illegal!

    There are two purposes for junk like this: To looks "tough on terrorism" and to consolidate their power over you.

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    sometimes it's scary how much the government fights the methods of it's own beginings.

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    uncoolperson wrote:
    sometimes it's scary how much the government fights the methods of it's own beginings.
    Very well put. Our current leaders are just as dangerous to the country as Bin Laden and his cohorts, if not moreso.


    And, anyone else think this topic should get moved to News & Political Alerts?

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