[Editorial note:] While this post does not discuss identity theft, I consider its subject critical to a functioning and healthy democracy. The topic is worthy of at least one off-topic post.
In her Time Goes By blog, Ronnie Bennett wrote an excellent post about the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism and Prevention Act of 2007. You haven't heard about this bill working its way through the U.S. Congress? Most people haven't as the traditional news media have done a lousy job. Ronnie wrote:
"Designated H.R.1955 and titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism and Prevention Act of 2007, it is an amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Jane Harmon [Dem-CA] and overwhelming approved by the House on 23 October by a 404 to 6 vote. Some people have called this the “thought crime bill”... This is the first terrorism-related legislation that specifically targets U.S. citizens and the vagueness of the wording is a dangerous threat to the First Amendment and to each of us in ways that have not been attempted before in the United States."
Watch the video:
Whatever your opinion on the subject, I hope that you will write or call your U.S. Senator.