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Background Attack Aftermath Evidence Misinformation Analysis Memorial

The 'Homegrown Terrorism Prevention' Act

Legislation Predicated on the Official Story of the 9/11/01 Attack

On October 23, 2007, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 1955, named the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007," by 404 to 6 votes. In contrast to the previous installment of "War on Terror" legislation, which attempts to normalize human rights abuses such as torture, the new act apparently aims to broaden the definition of terrorism to encompass many First Amendment activities. The bill defines "violent radicalization" 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." 1   Several analysts believe that the bill, if signed into law, may be used to criminalize forms of civil disobedience and direct action long used by environmentalists, anti-war activists, and indigenous rights campaigners. 2   The legislation has been dubbed the "Thought Crimes Act" and "A Police Provocateur's Dream". 3  

The legislation apparently involved input from the RAND Corporation, which produced a 10-page document for inclusion in testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Intelligence, which generated the bill. 4   In 2005, RAND produced a 97-page report, entitled Trends in Terrorism, Chapter Four of which was entitled "Homegrown Terrorist Threats to the United States." 5   The RAND Corporation, established in 1946 as Project RAND by the United States Army Air Forces, played a key role in leading the US into the Vietnam war. RAND's National Defense Research Institute is frequently contracted by the US military and intelligence communities to produce studies which in turn are used to justify funding weapons systems. Participants in the RAND Corporation have included former adviser Lewis "Scooter" Libby, consultant Henry Kissinger, and Chairman from 1981 to 1986 Donald Rumsfeld.

Jane Harman with Michael Chertoff
Representative Jane Harman with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

The bill's sponsor is Jane Harman, who has served the 36th District of California since 2001. Harman's successful 2006 re-election campaign was funded largely by aerospace companies with DOD contracts, her top five contributors including Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. 6   As chair of the Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee, Harman was one of several lawmakers with an oversight role over the treatment of US prisoners in the "War on Terror" since 2002, when the CIA briefed a handful of members of Congress in secret to describe interrogation methods including waterboarding. Harman was among the select group of Congresspeople briefed about the CIA's use of these methods, which became somewhat scandalous in late 2007. 7  

Slandering Activists

Insight into possible agendas behind HR 1955 may be garnered from a presentation given to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on November 6, 2007 entitled "Using the Web as a Weapon: the Internet as a Tool for Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism" chaired by Rep. Harman. In a slide presentation in that session, Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center included a screenshot of the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth website (AE911Truth.org) under the heading "Internet: Incubator of 9/11 Conspiracies and Disinformation" immediately following segments on Jihadist training websites and violent game websites targeting populations such as gays. While transitioning from a site proclaiming that 9/11 was an inside job to AE911Truth.org, Weitzman says:

And then finally we end with a site that literally talks about the bombing of - 'Soon, soon, soon the attack on Manhattan'.

The quote was apparently fabricated, as it never appeared on AE911Truth.org and Google doesn't show it on any site except blogs that are quoting Weitzman himself. Weitzman's apparent slandering of AE911Truth.org prompted a response by the organization, including a letter by founder Richard Gage, AIA, Architect.


1. H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, govtrack.us, [cached]
2. Stop the Thought Crimes Act, IndiaTimes, [cached]
3. A Police Provocateur's Dream, HR 1955 & S 1959, arizona.indymedia.org, [cached]
4. Defining the Role of a National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism, rand.org,
5. Trends in Terrorism, rand.org, [cached]
6. Jane Harman, SourceWatch.org, [cached]
7. Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002, WashingtonPost.com, [cached]

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