The New American Police State – Part 2

Posted: November 30, 2007 in america, legislation, police state, politics, tyranny

In the midst of all the brouhaha about bridge players and voting, and discussions about which Republican candidate is the most anti-immigrant, pro-war, authoritarian jackass, a bill was introduced in the Senate. It’s official number and title were S. 1959, A bill to establish the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism, and for other purposes. Read the full text here.

Fortunately, this camel’s-nose-under-the-tent of unconstitutional government surveillance hasn’t completely gone unnoticed. Several bloggers, most notably here, here and here, have begun a grassroots campaign to pressure Congress into blocking it.

The bill has been locked in Committee since its introduction in August of this year. Before being passed to the Senate, however, it was approved by 404 House members who clearly had neither read nor thought about the power the bill gives the Federal government.

A “National Commission” within the Executive Branch to study “domestic terrorism” would naturally lead to surveillance of any individual or group whose actions are deemed “suspicious”. First we had illegal wiretapping, now they’ve found a way to make it legal.

Some have said this bill won’t affect American citizens, because it’s intended to be directed against only violent groups or groups intending violence. I say that’s what it means today. Who knows what a future President might do with a rubber-stamp Congress, especially if one of the post-911 authoritarian paranoiacs like Giuliani, Romney or Tancredo gets elected? This bill, combined with the unconstitutional and toxic so-called “USA PATRIOT Act”, is another dangerous step down the slippery slope to a surveillance society.

This bill is dangerous, unnecessary, unconstitutional and deeply unAmerican. Call or write your Senator and urge him or her to vote against it. Exercise your freedoms while you still have them.

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