Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Do You Like to Think?

Well too bad for you! Apparently its overrated and illegal. That’s right. According to the new bill, HR 1955 titled the ‘Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007', targeted at truthseekers and people who want to think! By this bill millions of us are now criminals and or terrorists. It actually defines thought crimes as homegrown terrorists. The purposely vague definition of homegrown terrorism encompasses and incriminates many groups and individuals including any anti-war movements, any anti-establishment movements or anyone who doesn’t like the state and works to create change. The definition is as follows:

“..(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.”

“..(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.”

So, see you at Guantanamo. Read the article here, and check out the whole bill here.


Amer said...

`thought crimes' is an excellent word to use here. what's unbelievable is that america's ability to combine both Orwell and Huxley's fears.

Under "findings", clause 3 states: "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."

It reminds me of a statement by Deleuze/Guattari: "the response of the State against all that threatens to move beyond it is to striate space" 1987:386. The internet is, or was, a smooth space that was traversed with little or no blockades, enclosures and checkpoints. Slowly this changed with local enclosures and restrictions (think Middle School computer lab). This, i believe, is different though: they're suggesting that the internet as a whole is the problem - we're likely, i personally feel, to see a whole probing and striating of the internet .. much worse than China (which google has helped).

jazaks for bringing this up !

Affad Shaikh said...

Time to organize against this...hope people are ready after the mapping ordeal to work on this one?

Huda Shaka` said...

You bet...the heat needs to be turned on fast. Check out this article: