Here is a letter that I have sent to one of my Senators:
Dear Senator Bayh,
I am as pensive writing you on this issue as I was in my email to Representative Joe Donnelly on HR 1955. Our country is changing and I am afraid that it is not for the better.
I am in a quandary on how to broach my disappointment that a bill such as S1959 has come before the Senate. Will I be in violation of this bill; should it become law, by doing so? I know that the last section of the bill, "`SEC. 899E. PROTECTING CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES WHILE PREVENTING IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE AND HOMEGROWN TERRORISM.", outlines (hopefully) that the bill cannot be enforced if doing so would violate constitutional rights, subject to an audit of the circumstances surrounding the charge. In light of other “laws”,( NSPD-51, HSPD-20 & HR5122 ), that have "stretched" rights and taken power not granted by the Constitution in the interests of "security" please understand my concern.
Since the bill doesn't specifically define what an extremist belief system is, it is entirely up to the interpretation of the government. Considering how much the government has done, in my opinion, to cripple the Constitution they could even define Ron Paul supporters as promoting an extremist belief system. Literally, the government according to this definition can define whatever they want as an extremist belief system. Essentially it has defined violent radicalization as thought crime.
To see that such a huge majority of The House voted for HR1955 is disturbing. That all but one Representative from Indiana voted to pass this is nothing short of a call on how out of touch they are with what the people they are suppose to represent actually feel. I am hoping against hope that the Senate does not follow suit.
I, myself, have been at fault for not voicing my opinions earlier. Like so many I have sat back and hoped that those I helped to elect into office were going to do what was best for us. I can see the fallacy of these thoughts now. I just hope that others do also.
David M. McDougle
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