Monday, December 03, 2007

What an Act!

The opening line of the "Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 is:

"AN ACT to prevent homegrown terrorism and other purposes..."

I've been hearing about this strange and somewhat troubling piece of legislation since late this summer when it was passed by the House of Representatives -- it has yet to be passed by the Senate.

The difficult thing with this bill is the vagueness -- it's wording could be used to criminalize acts such as political agitation, demonstrations and the right of free assembly.

Even today, we have seen "free-speech zones" and people being put on "watch lists" for activities which the courts call misdemeanors.

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