This bill (H.R. 1955), known as the “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of
2007,” could more aptly be titled the “Thought Crimes Act.” The bill would establish a National
Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism and establish a grant
program to prevent radicalization in the
disguised attempt to criminalize dissent, based on the bill’s vague and open-ended language that could be
used to trample basic rights to free speech and assembly, and turn legitimate dissent into thought crimes.
For instance, the bill defines “violent radicalization” 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.” The bill does not define either “extremist belief system” or “facilitating ideologically based
violence.” The bill also states that “the Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically
based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the
constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to
a vote of 404-6 (Roll Call 993) on
The bill threatens legitimate dissent.
Marsha Blackburn voted FOR this bill.
(Source: The New American –