Increasingly now, asking questions and telling the truth is looked upon in the USA as a criminal act There is pending legislation in the US that would criminalize speech on topics the government there deems "threatening." The law is called H.R. 1955. It goes by the quaint Orwellian name: "The violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism prevention act."
It quietly passed through the House of Representatives by a staggering 404 to 6 vote and at least one Congressman admits voting for it without even reading it. Darling of the Democrat election campaign, Barrack Obama, even backs the bill.
Language in this bill makes it theoretically possible for government agents to shut down websites they disapprove of by claiming that the information they share *may* insight violence.
This video is insightful, so if the second one that shows a student being tazered by US cops for questioning John Kerry and after Kerry had actually invited him to pose a question - indeed, a question that Kerry should have welcomed, considering it related to the election campaign that Bush had rigged. The link given at the end of the first video can be better accessed here.
“If you understand what his bill does, it really sets the stage for further criminalization of protest. This is the way our democracy little, by little, by little, is being stripped away from us. This bill, I believe, is a clear violation of the first amendment.”
Kucinich referred to the bill as the “thought crime bill,” when he explained in a joking fashion that, “We have freedom of speech. Thoughts, sometimes, proceed speech. There is usually a unity in thought, word and deed.”
The bill would create a National Commission, who would be charged with the task making legislative recommendations on how to prevent, disrupt and mitigate violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism. Many activists, scholars and civil liberties experts are worried that in order to prevent an act of “homegrown terrorism,” people who have radical or “extreme belief systems” would have to be monitored before a criminal act might occur. This, they say, would amount to unlawful surveillance of individuals who are critical of the Bush administration and of those who hold power in the current US economic and political system.
An interesting write up on the above can be found at NYC Indymedia.
Introducing HR 1955