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Democrats in the House recently put forth the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018, a bill that specifically targets free speech, conservative groups, and white people.

According to the summary of the bill, the intent of the legislation is:

To authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.

The summary of the bill sounds completely reasonable.

We all want to prevent terrorism and we expect the government to provide for the common defense of the people. However, that is not the intent of this proposed legislation. By digging deeper into the bill, we find that the sponsors of the legislation define the bad actors associated with domestic terrorism as follows:

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) White supremacists and other right-wing extremists are the most significant domestic terrorism threat facing the United States.

No other political, racial, ethnic, or religious groups are mentioned.

If passed, this bill would create offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that are required to track and monitor "white supremacist" and right-wing groups, without defining what those groups are.

As we know, there are essentially no restrictions on government surveillance and the idea of freedom of speech or association has been drastically eroded; if not entirely eliminated in some cases. This bill takes things a step further. Instead of keeping the need for surveillance of individuals or groups to be based upon evidence, it creates organizations within government that must conduct surveillance full time. The monitoring and reporting requirement suggests that no apparent terrorist intent needs to be present. All that is necessary to justify surveillance is the assertion by government entities that an undefined ideology of "white supremacy" or right-wing extremism exists.

In a day and age where all white conservatives are now considered racist this could mean that organizations and groups that are openly critical of identity politics, forced multiculturalism, or anti-white rhetoric would have dedicated government surveillance despite any evidence whatsoever of "domestic terrorism" activities or intent, as defined in 18 USC 2331.

Furthermore, the creation of dedicated Congressional budget lines tied to federal agency reporting requirements would force government agencies to publish numbers on monitoring and "prevention" arrests in order to justify their budgets, compliance, and existence. Since there is no such government structure in place now this has the effect of creating a federal law enforcement conglomerate which is solely focused on taking down any person or group subjectively determined by bureaucrats to be racist or right-wing. Racial profiling only works when -statistically speaking- the demographic you are profiling commits more crime in the region you are monitoring. Profiling cannot be successfully extrapolated for use nationwide unless these terms are met; and as we have seen the terminology of this bill is broad in the extreme.

It's important to always consider the inevitable mission creep and potential for abuse by government of any law that's passed.

This poorly defined bill could be used to classify the majority of Americans as terrorists. The justifications for the bill are backed by faulty statistics cherry-picked from far-left activist organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and the New America Foundation. It's unconstitutional for the government to brand a group of people as terrorists without evidence of predicated intent, even the ACLU has acknowledged this.

If not all Muslims are terrorists, not all African-Americans are criminals, and not all liberals go on shooting sprees of elected officials, then why isn't the same consideration given to people who are both white and politically identify as conservatives or civic nationalists?

This is downright Orwellian.

The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018 is sponsored by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) and co-sponsored by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS-2), Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL-2), Rep. Luis J. Correa (D-CA-46), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15), and Rep. Sanford D. Bishop (D-GA-2). If you do not support this legislation we recommend that you contact your elected officials and politely express your views.

Ian Daniel

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