Skip to comments.What Congress is About to Pass Could Shut Down My Website
Posted on 07/28/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT by PoloSec
Weve recently brought to your attention two instances of nebulous language: the comments of retired General Wesley Clark about putting extremists in internment camps, and the new order making parts of our immigration naturalization oath optional for certain religious groups.
Words have meaning, and when theyre not specific, theyre left to interpretation. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has demonstrated such by redefining the taxing authority of the Congress, as well as what a State means when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. And now we have yet another example of dangerously nebulous language emanating from Capitol Hill.
If youve not read House Bill 2899, you should. This legislation would authorize the creation of a new government agency in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as if we needed another. Incredibly enough, this new agency is being sponsored by the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Mike McCaul (R-Tx). The agency is charged with Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Here are the troubling excerpts from the text of the bill:
a) Establishment.There is in the Department an Office for Countering Violent Extremism. The head of the Office shall be the Assistant Secretary for Countering Violent Extremism, who shall be appointed by the Secretary. The Secretary shall also appoint a career Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countering Violent Extremism.
(b) Assignment Of Personnel.The Secretary shall assign or hire, as appropriate, permanent staff to the Office for Countering Violent Extremism. In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, seek to assign to or hire for the Office an individual who has a demonstrated background in technical matters, on and offline media, or marketing.
(d) Responsibilities.The Assistant Secretary for Countering Violent Extremism shall be responsible for the following:
(1) Coordinating the Departments efforts to counter violent extremism across all the components and offices of the Department that conduct strategic and supportive efforts to counter violent extremism. Such efforts shall include the following:
(A) Identifying risk factors that contribute to violent extremism in communities in the United States and potential remedies for Government and non-government institutions.
(B) Identifying populations targeted by violent extremist propaganda, messaging, or recruitment.
(C) Managing the outreach and engagement efforts of the Department directed toward communities at risk for radicalization and recruitment for violent extremist activities.
(D) Ensuring relevant information, research, and products inform efforts to counter violent extremism.
(E) Developing and maintaining a Department-wide strategy guiding policies and programs to counter violent extremism. Such strategy shall, at a minimum, address each of the following:
(i) The Departments counter-messaging program pursuant to paragraph (2), including a plan to leverage new and existing Internet and other technologies and social media platforms to counter violent extremism, as well as the best practices and lessons learned of other Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, and foreign partners engaged in similar counter-messaging efforts.
(ii) The Departments countering violent extremism-related engagement efforts.
(iii) The use of cooperative agreements with State, local, tribal, territorial, and other Federal departments and agencies responsible for efforts relating to countering violent extremism.
(iv) Ensuring all activities related to countering violent extremism fully respect the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of all Americans.
(F) Identifying and recommending new research and analysis requirements in coordination with the Under Secretary for Science and Technology and the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis and ensure the dissemination of information and methods for Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial countering violent extremism practitioners, officials, law enforcement, and non-governmental partners to utilize such research and analysis.
(G) Assessing the methods used by violent extremists to disseminate propaganda and messaging to communities at risk for radicalization and recruitment.
(2) Establishing a counter-messaging program to craft strategic counter-messages to the propaganda and messaging referred to in subparagraph (G) of paragraph (1) which shall
(A) explore ways to utilize relevant Internet and other technologies and social media platforms; and
(B) maximize other resources available to the Department.
(3) Serving as the primary representative of the Department in coordinating countering violent extremism efforts with other Federal departments and agencies and non-governmental organizations.
(4) Serving as the primary Department-level representative in coordinating with the Department of State on international countering violent extremism issues.
(5) In coordination with the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, providing guidance regarding the use of grants made to State, local, and tribal governments under sections 2003 and 2004 under the allowable uses guidelines related to countering violent extremism.
(g) Violent Extremism Defined.In this section, the term violent extremism means ideologically motivated terrorist activities.
Heres what I take issue with in this legislation: what, exactly, is violent extremism? Who will determine what actually qualifies as violent extremism?
Lets be very honest here, the liberal progressive left has been very adept at defining as extremists and extremism anyone or anything that doesnt agree with them. Ive been called an extremist. Members of the House of Representatives have been referred to as extremists. Constitutional conservatives have been referred to as extremists. Veterans returning from overseas contingency operations that is how the left redefined combat have been referred to as extremists by the Department of Homeland Security under Janet Napolitano. Funny, the Obama administration held a conference on Countering Violent Extremism and invited groups related to the Muslim Brotherhood and certain Islamic clerics but no Christian pastors.
This is a dangerous bill, and the vague language here is almost Orwellian with what could be severe ramifications.
Now, let me share with you the inside-the-beltway procedural issue. This legislation is supposed to be brought to the House floor under what is called, suspension of the rules. That means itll be a basic coming back to town roll-call vote with two-thirds majority. Everyone who knows House procedures realizes that you bring up legislation under suspension procedure because you believe that way, it wont have major opposition. There is little to no committee vote and deliberation, and certainly not much House floor deliberation and debate. So, all of a sudden, the American people will awaken to learn theres a new agency in the DHS to counter violent extremism which, as you can see, is defined by a single lackluster sentence.
Someone tell me, what is ideologically motivated? Could it be construed that conservatism is ideologically motivated? No, I am not a conspiracy theorist. But I find this rather interesting in that President Obama cannot bring himself to say Islamic terrorism, Islamic jihadism, Islamism, or Islamo-fascism. Paragraph (g) is truly left open to anyones interpretation. What about environmental terrorists? What about the Occupy Wall Street crew or anarchists?
Why is there even a necessity to create another government agency dont we have an FBI responsible for such activities? Perhaps this just exists to allow this administration to target any belief system not willing to cow to their fundamental transformation of America. So, could this website even be considered violent extremism?
The is the last week for the House to be in session before recess adjournment in August. My recommendation is that you contact the House Homeland Security Committee and the House GOP leadership and share your concerns about this legislation. My issue is that violent extremism is just too vague. Consider this: the actions of Nidal Hasan as well as the beheading of a woman in Moore, Oklahoma wouldnt even fit into this categorization, since the administration declared it workplace violence. Matter of fact, the Obama administration is even struggling to condemn the Islamic terrorist attack in Chattanooga as violent extremism certainly President Obama has not said so.
Ladies and Gents, U.S. House of Representatives Bill 2899 (HB 2899) should not see the light of day; it must be killed. We do not need another agency in the DHS. Moreover, we certainly dont need to give the government carte blanche to declare ideological enemies in such a nebulous manner.
no outrage from the left media....
Continuing the descent...
You are only allowed to use Newspeak. Severe penalties for those who use Oldspeak.
Any telling of the truth is double plus ungood!
Boehner and McConnell are balls to the wall, full speed ahead.
They are plowing through all obstacles (Cruz, GOB constituents, States, the law, the People, etc.) to help Obama fulfill his utopian dream.
They are scared, pathetic shills, bribed or blackmailed to set aside their souls. Damn them!
Words mean -
...what the King says they mean.
And the King can change his mind any time he wants to.
Not merely Newspeak, but Doublethink as well.
In Newspeak, it is called doublethink, though doublethink comprises much else as well. To a Party member not even the smallest deviation of opinion on the most unimportant subject can be tolerated. But it is also necessary to remember that events happened in the desired manner. And if it is necessary to rearrange one’s memories or to tamper with written records, then it is necessary to forget that one has done so.
We became 1984 in 2008. Orwell's prediction was only off by 24 years...
Some people wonder why I don’t support the GOP.
Mike McCaul R-Tx
What is the difference? Both parties are 2 sides of the same coin.
We should be using our facebook pages to copy and paste (like I did) the entire message from Col West .... in between kitties and kiddies, occasionally a thinking person sees something interesting
A reminder of the power of this dictatorship and the strength to force their will into the system. They cannot be stopped at this time and may be for years. America is slowly dying.
“Both parties are 2 sides of the same coin.”
Heads, I win. Tails, you lose.
H. R. 2899
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Office for
Countering Violent Extremism.
The concept that was “the United States of America” is not slowly dying, it is about to sink into a deep coma, with continuing organ failures occurring at an ever accelerating rate.
A second Declaration of Independence, and re-adoption of the Constitution, may be necessary, and this shall surely involve major sacrifice of treasure, time, blood, and effort.
“Live Free or Die” is the official motto of the US state of New Hampshire. Sadly, even that bastion of independence has surrendered to the collectivist state of mind. It has become a sometimes “purple” to outright “blue” state.
No longer politically reliable.
+1 to your EVERY word.
What’s he doing on his web site that could be considered violent?
>(G) Assessing the methods used by violent extremists to disseminate propaganda and messaging to communities at risk for radicalization and recruitment.
(2) Establishing a counter-messaging program to craft strategic counter-messages to the propaganda and messaging referred to in subparagraph (G) of paragraph <
The violent extremists? Well that’s any true Christian Church (Catholic or Protestant)
Their method of dissemination? Mass or Sunday worship. Speaking of their faith in public without shame.
You can believe they’re not talking about mosques!
Counter-messaging program? I wonder?
We’ll all be looking at our phones texting people on FR or Facebook talking about how someone needs to do something or we gotta vote Republican when they put our asses on the trains.
Sir, you are a true American Thank you for the important information..in total agreement with you. Thank you for your service and for looking out for WTP. God Bless you and yours
“It’s the thought that counts.”
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