Thursday, February 21, 2008

HR 1955

First, take a look at what the 9/11 deniers are saying about it:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=AKB4IPFO5ao

(Or, at least, for as long as you can stand it, before your brain wants to leap out of the nearest orifice and hang itself with your spinal chord to save itself from the pain)

And then, take a look at the actual text of the bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-1955

The meat and potatoes?

” (a) Establishment- There is established within the legislative branch of the Government the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism.

`(b) Purpose- The purposes of the Commission are the following:

`(1) Examine and report upon the facts and causes of violent radicalization,
homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in the United States, including United States connections to non-United States persons and networks, violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence in prison, individual or `lone wolf' violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence, and other faces of the phenomena of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism, and ideologically based violence that the Commission considers important.”


To Establish An Advisory Committee. Wow. Truly earth-shattering. To create a committee. The 9/11 deniers would have you believing it outlaws the very rights the proposed committee ostensibly seeks to defend.

And who is to be on this committee? Why, surely a shadow cabal – the “international bankers,” the CFR and Trilateral Commissioners, the Illuminated, the – uh, bipartisan, neutral advisors…

`(c) Composition of Commission- The Commission shall be composed of 10 members appointed for the life of the Commission, of whom--
`(1) one member shall be appointed by the President from among officers or employees of the executive branch and private citizens of the United States;
`(2) one member shall be appointed by the Secretary;
`(3) one member shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;
`(4) one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;
`(5) one member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
`(6) one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;
`(7) one member shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives;
`(8) one member shall be appointed by the ranking minority member of the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives;
`(9) one member shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; and
`(10) one member shall be appointed by the ranking minority member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate.


And, of course, the duration and goal of this committee? “Public meetings” over the course of “eighteen months.”

So an independent, bipartisan committee of experts is given eighteen months to inform the public about threats to the United States at home and abroad. And the 9/11 deniers want the public to believe that HR 1955 – which does not even create a single new law, provision, or act – is some sort of 'insidious plot against freedom.'

And they complain whey they get cited as perfect examples of people who deliberately distort facts in the name of their own agenda.

This is what's so infuriating about the whole reality vs. 9/11 denier debate. Every time a quote, article, scrap of text, etc. comes up that can be taken out of context and deliberately distorted by the 9/11 denier DVD peddling racket, they go for it, even when they clearly know that what they're saying is bunk.

There is absolutely no way you could so badly misread this bill unless you were deliberately attempting to do so. There is literally nothing in its content that suggests anything even remotely resembling the 9/11 denier claims about it. Why are they angry? Maybe they're scared that they're finally starting to get called out in public and cited as constant sources of disinformation, fraud, and deceit.

Or maybe they're just worried it'll hurt sales.

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