Subject: HR 1955 – The “Thought Crime” Bill is about to pass – Do you know what it is?
Although every American should be gravely concerned about this legislation, it has particular relevance to every artist, creative thinker, activist, spiritualist, pagan, advocate, vegans and defenders of animal rights, ex-offender, immigrant, clergy, Burner or anyone belonging to or self-identifying as an alternative or “countercultural” type (loosely defined as actively living in or advocating for an alternative culture that challenges or renounces the dominant social, political, or economic system—such as Burning Man, art collectives, tribal councils, local regulators, social change coalitions, spiritual and cognitive freedom communities, and eco-economic reformers).
To provide context, under this act, it would be legally permissible to shut down Burning Man ‘08 under the auspices that it fosters “radicalization,” particularly by virtue of this year’s theme, The American Dream, which could easily be classified as subversive and seditious. This is not to predict or otherwise claim this will definitely happen, but it is simply to show how this legal language can and most likely will be applied at some point.
This law allows our government to label anything it wants as “radical” and “terrorist” by defining “force” and “violence” separately. “Force” is defined as anything used to bring about change in the dominant system, including non-violence, civil disobedience, street theater, and even simple words and deeds, like “love.”
Most chillingly, it literally criminalizes thought, and is making a direct play at regulating the Internet.
Please make yourself aware of this, it has direct relevance to your life. Please do not attack the messenger, he didn’t write the Bill, nor have much to do with it at all, and his “energy” isn’t strong enough to “manifest this negativity” solely by himself. There are bad people in the world, and they tend to agglomerate in
It has been suggested that since Obama is on the Senate Committee which now holds this Bill before it is to be sent to the Senate floor sometime this month when the Govt. goes back into session, that actions and communications should be directed towards his office and campaign. My personal feeling is that this Bill is a done deal unless a hell of a lot of the right people make a helluva lot of noise, but it is every one of our responsibilities to speak out on this, as individuals concerned about our very freedoms.
See the VIDEO below.
The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR 1955)
VIEW SHORT (BUT POWERFUL) VIDEO HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wJsovPRTEM
“The House overwhelmingly passed this measure on October 23 that some observers call “the thought crime prevention bill.” It’s now in the Senate (S 1959) where if passed and signed by George Bush will establish a commission and Center for Excellence to study and take action against “thought criminals.” The commission will be empowered to subpoena and investigate anyone that will automatically create a perception of guilt that may be highlighted in the media for added emphasis.
“This Act is a direct assault on democratic freedoms in the current atmosphere with both parties and a President determined to end them. The bill’s language hides its possible intent as “violent radicalization” and “homegrown terrorism” may be whatever the administration says they are. “Violent radicalization” is defined as “adopting or promoting an extremist belief system (to facilitate) ideologically based violence to advance political, religious or social change.” “Homegrown terrorism” is used to mean “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 (US) possession to intimidate or coerce the (US) government, the civilian population….or any segment thereof (to further) political or social objectives.”
“This and other repressive laws may be used against any individual or group with unpopular views – those that differ from established state policy, even illegal ones, and historian Howard Zinn is concerned. He says: “This is the most recent of a long series of laws passed in times of foreign policy tensions, starting with the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which sent people to jail for criticizing the
“Though the authors of H.R. 1955 would likely deny that the bill could be used to crack down on free speech and legitimate political opposition, the talking heads on the main stream networks have made it very clear that they would like this kind of legislation to do just that.
Can H.R. 1955 be used to silence the voices of dissent? Let’s have a look.”
(text excerpt from “Police State
(video by BrasscheckTV.com)