Rep. Alcee Hastings(Disbarred Shyster-Evil Party) has introduced a bill that contains a couple of troublesome parts. It's called the Prohibition on recruitment, enlistment or retention of persons associalted or affiliated with groups associated with hate-related violence against groups or persons or the United States Government(any bill or amendment with a title that long ought to be scrapped for that alone). The two parts that caught my eye were first, under Definition of hate group,
(C)Groups or organizations that espouse an intention or expectation of armed revolutionary activity against the United States Government, or the violent overthrow of the United States Government.
(G)Other groups or organizations that are determined by the Attorney General to be of a violent, extremist nature.
Maybe I'm being excessively cautious here, but a group that speaks of the 'expectation of' could be said to include ANY group that says something like "The way things are going, it wouldn't surprise us" or "we expect there to be a revolution in the next few years." For that matter, giving the AG an open field like that to determine that is a bit worrisome.
Under Evidence of association or affiliation with hate group, it includes
(B)Individuals known to have attended meetings, rallies, conferences, or other activities sponsored by a hate group.
Again, maybe I'm being unnecessarily cautious here, but combine the definitions with (B), and some kid who, in a dumbass or curious stage, attended a meeting of some group and decided 'No thank you', or who once joined and got a tattoo and later decided "This is bullcrap" and left could find himself barred from enlisting. There's an exception for troops who are found to have 'renounced' their previous association with a group, but nothing there for someone who wants to enlist.
And there's always the worry of this giving the AG, whoever it may be at the time, another way to decide that 'X' is a hate group and make it an actual legal statement of his office.
Flatly, I just don't trust these people.
Hastings has also introduced a bill, H.R.645; this from Right Wing News also:
Rep. Alcee Hastings also introduced what many say is another disturbing piece of legislation. That new bill calls for the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to build at least six facilities that can be designated as "emergency centers. Hastings' rationale for such facilities is to gather and "house" civilians on what are basically detention centers guarded by armed soldiers or paramilitary troops.
The House bill (HR 645) — National Emergency Centers Establishment Act — is not even on the radar of members of the elite media. According to critics of the plan, if passed the government will create camps or centers that by their nature restrict the activities of US citizens herded into them.
Looking at the link, here's the first section:
This Act may be cited as the ‘National Emergency Centers Establishment Act’.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.
(a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations.
(b) Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure--
(1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;
(2) to provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of Federal, State, and local first responders;
(3) to provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of government, private, and not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations; and
(4) to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
I'm guessing it's the 'other appropriate needs, as determined by' that's most bothering people. Although the idea of the government using God knows how many millions(maybe billions) of dollars to set up refugee camps and training areas doesn't exactly thrill me. There's no place to train first responders already? We need more official government offices for 'coordination'?
Odd couple of bills; what do you think?