Read about it here.

The Violent Radicalisation and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, co-authored by the former chair of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Jane Harmon, a California Democrat, passed the House by an overwhelming 400-6 vote last month, and will soon be considered by the Senate.

I don’t really know what this bill means, but it is either superfluous OR it is stronger than it sounds and is unconstitutional. Here is what the bill entails:

Harman’s bill would convene a 10-member national commission to study “violent radicalisation” (defined as “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”) and “homegrown terrorism” (defined as “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 […] 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”).

The bill also directs the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate a university-based research “centre of excellence” where academics, policy-makers, members of the private sector and other stakeholders can collaborate to better understand and prevent radicalisation and homegrown terrorism. Some experts are concerned that politics will unduly influence which institution DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff will designate.

There is enough ambiguity in that language to allow quite a bit of bullshitting, which is never good because politicians love to bullshit. Good thing is will cost us 22 million dollars over the next 4 years to implement it.

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