USA Fascism: Commission to identify ‘Extremists’ and detain them, it’s McCarthyism all over again

Very short post today, but you might want to read this. Here’s a tidbit of news that the media have kept away from. The full article, linked to, is a very good read and I recommend it to everyone.

On October 23, 2007, the House passed a bill sponsored by California Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, chairwoman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, that overturns the constitutionally guaranteed rights to free expression, association, and assembly.

The bill passed the House on a vote of 404-6. In the Senate the bill is sponsored by Maine Republican Susan Collins and apparently faces no meaningful opposition.

Harman’s bill is called the “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.” [ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1955 ] When HR 1955 becomes law, it will create a commission tasked with identifying extremist people, groups, and ideas. The commission will hold hearings around the country, taking testimony and compiling a list of dangerous people and beliefs. The bill will, in short, create massive terrorism in the United States. But the perpetrators of terrorism will not be Muslim terrorists; they will be government agents and fellow citizens.

And what is to be done with the suspects?

The search for extremist views follows also the granting of contracts to Halliburton to build detention centers in the US. No member of Congress or the executive branch ever explained the need for the detention centers or who the detainees would be. Of course, there is nothing extremist about building detention centers in the US for undisclosed inmates.

So let’s recap: we’ve got a law that’s setting up a commission to identify ‘extremist people’, (a pretty subjective definition) and we’ve got empty detention centres sitting around the country just waiting to be filled with – guess who? Extremists! McCarthyism anyone? Someone annoying you? Report them to the commission!

Just one more step on the way to fascism in the USA.

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