That's Us, Folks!
These are the sections of H. R. 1955 that have relevance to our situation:
(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change. [Now, do we know anybody who would do such a horrid thing? Hmmm?]
(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term `homegrown terrorism' means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives. ["Planned" or "threatened use" probably covers the Northwest independence novels, or will be stretched to cover them.]
(4) IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- The term `ideologically based violence' means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual's political, religious, or social beliefs. [Ditto the above.]
(3) The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens. [You guys bette read and enjoy this blog while you still can. This time next year it might not be here.]
(8) Any measure taken to prevent violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism in the United States should not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights, or civil liberties of United States citizens or lawful permanent residents. ["We also have this lovely bridge in Brooklyn we'd like to sell you." This is window dressing, a verbal fig leaf to cover vile and brutal tyranny. In view of the track record of the Bush administration, it is not meant to be taken seriously, and everyone concerned knows it.]
It appears that if these were made into law during the founding of the United States, our Founding Fathers would be considered terrorists by their own country. Of course they were considered that by the British, but now U.S. citizens will be terrorists.
Folks, may I make a suggestion? Order any extra copies of my Northwest freedom novels that you feel you may need for the future, and do it right now. Once this thing passes, in my view there is a genuine possibility that there will be an attempt by the United States government to withdraw them from circulation, and maybe withdraw me from circulation as well.