Fast Track to Fascism: S.B. 1959

Senate Bill 1959, the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" seems like a pretty scary looking document. On the surface it appears that it is a measure to ensure that the US government has the power to do pretty-much whatever it thinks it needs to, to fight what it calls, "violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism in the United States."

According to the bill, "‘...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..."

However, Mike Adams from suggests that this bill, "could allow the U.S. government to arrest and incarcerate any individual who speaks out against the Bush Administration, the war on Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security or any government agency (including the FDA). ":

The bill was passed in the House by a 405 to 6 vote on October 24th and is now awaiting approval by the Senate Homeland Security Committee. It is believed that approval by the committee will take place shortly, to be followed by passage by the entire Senate.

Is this the governments way of trying to get a foothold on the growing paranoia of domestic terrorism, or is it another step in a long litany of "repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States." (that last part was from the Declaration of Independence. You may want to read it some time. Its amazing how history seems to be repeating itself.)

Of course, if this bill passes, what I just said could be considered an act of ideologically based violence in itself.

Read more about the bill here.

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