Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Civil Liberties Under Attack

Thanks to x4mr over at “Sustainability, Equity, Development” for sounding the alert on an extreme danger to our civil liberties. The danger lies in HR 1955, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.

“Violent Radicalization is defined as 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.” – x4mr

Hop over to “Sustainability” to read the post and comments. This is chilling stuff. Gabby and Raul and 402 other House members voted for it. Don’t these guys think about this stuff before they vote?

As for me, I expect I’m a candidate for investigation since I am heavily into Violent Radicalization. But then so was Mr. Jefferson:

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.It is its natural manure."—Thomas Jefferson

2 comments:

x4mr said...

Art,

Thanks for the attention and terrific Jefferson quote. I almost quoted Jefferson as well. The man was a genius.

As I said, I am baffled by the votes.

ms said...

God help us all! should I mention I'm an atheist?