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Let’s Waste Even More Money We Don’t Have

A lot of people have written about this blatant violation of our civil rights, but I’ll use Declan McCullagh’s post at CNet’s The Iconoclast blog, Congress’ “anti-extremist” bill targets online thoughtcrime, to air my other complaints, i.e. those not directly related to the Stalinist nature of this “law.”

The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act (VRAHTPA) is going to establish the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism, a $20 million boondoogle for cronies and relatives, to sit around and surf the ‘Net. Oh, yes, they have to produce occasional reports that will be classified and, no doubt, add names to the totally worthless “No-Fly list” which will soon include everyone in the world at the rate it’s growing, and this will do what? What do the people who created and voted for this turkey think will be accomplished? What necessary function of government is implemented by this commissariat?

As Declan notes we are already on shaky Constitutional ground with some of the state-level Extraordinary Committees like Alabama:

… an actual example of censorial mission creep from Alabama’s Department of Homeland Security, which believes domestic terrorists are those Americans who say the “U.S. government is infringing on their individual rights, and/or that the government’s policies are criminal and immoral.”

So, in Alabama, opposing this law because it infringes on the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution makes you a terrorist. Isn’t that special (as the churchlady would say)?

A year ago, before the last election, I wrote a post, What Is Job #1?, which dealt the the most important job of the President and the military. People need to be reminded that the Constitution is the only thing the President and the military take an oath to defend. The country and it’s “security” isn’t mentioned. Everyone needs to remind Congress.

7 comments

1 hipparchia { 11.29.07 at 1:32 am }

velociraptor!

2 Michael { 11.29.07 at 2:11 am }

We should stop with the flag worship too.

The constitution is the foundation of our government, without the constitution there is no government.

If you worship the flag and trample the constitution, you desecrate America.

3 Fallenmonk { 11.29.07 at 5:51 am }

There are obviously some more cronies that haven’t been able to find their place at the government trough. Need to create some more worthless work for them to do since we have a lot of money left over after cutting the FDA, CPSC and all the rest of the previously necessary agencies.

4 Bryan { 11.29.07 at 1:31 pm }

I’m being sorely tried by all of these make-work, see-how-concerned-we-are, worthless, counterproductive programs that use up time, resources, and money that could be spent on actual, proven techniques.

The professionals know how to do it, but they don’t get the resources and are sent on wild-goose chases by politicians looking for votes.

These are the pre-election vice raids writ large.

5 cookie jill { 11.29.07 at 6:27 pm }

and add to that the “Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act” which if you are picketing, say, McDonalds (they sell animal products) and McDonalds loses money from your picketing, they can target you as a “terrorist”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Enterprise_Terrorism_Act

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-4239

6 Bryan { 11.29.07 at 8:23 pm }

They are getting almighty free and easy with the definition of terrorist.

7 The American Street » Blog Archive » We know what you’re thinking { 11.30.07 at 6:21 am }

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