A controversial plan to study and profile domestic terrorism was scrapped after popular push back, however, the spirit of the legislation lives on in Senator Joe Lieberman's office.
HR 1955, "The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007" passed the House in October 2007 with almost unanimous support. The bill immediately came under fire from civil liberties watchdogs because of what many saw as a deliberate targeting of Muslims and Arabs and the possible chilling effect it might have on free speech.
The original bill intended to set up a government commission to investigate the supposed threat of domestically produced terrorists and the ideologies that underpin their radicalization. The ten-member commission was to be empowered to "hold hearings and sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, and administer such oaths as the Commission considers advisable to carry out its duties." The bill also singled out the Internet as a vehicle for terrorists to spread their ideology with the intention of recruiting and training new terrorists.
Why are we babbling on about the Internet? There are FAR more dangerous devices out there. I propose a law which will ban all fiber-cellulose data storage devices. These devices are easy to make, readily available in million of stores across the US for as little as a penny a piece, and have been used by terrorists, criminals, child molesters, atheists, Satanists, Communists, and many others dangerous people and groups. Using a graphite data inscribing device (so easy to obtain that even children can get them with no questions asked), FCDS devices can be used to create the most diabolical plans to commit mass murder, overthrow democratic governments, design bombs, deadly bio-agents, even mind-control devices.
FCDS devices are lightweight, easy to conceal, and are frequently sent THROUGH THE U.S. MAIL!!!!!!
The use of these devices by Karl Mark, Adolph Hitler, Charles Manson, Jack the Ripper, The Unabomber, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin-Laden, Mao, John Wayne Gacy, Pol Pot, the Zodiac Killer, and Jeffrey Dahmer has been THOROUGHLY DOCUMENTED!!!
Even without the deadly mind of a terrorist directing these devices, they have frequently inflicted painful lacerations on people simply handling the devices.
Some people argue that the devices themselves are not only benign, but of considerable value in the right hands. My friends, we cannot take that kind of chance with our children's lives at stake.
Paper must be banned NOW!!!!