Yes, our own Peter Defazio voted for this. His response is explanation is below
Thank you for taking the time to let me know of your concerns with H.R.
1955, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act. I
appreciate hearing from you.
There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the possibility of
domestic terrorism. One of the worst terrorist acts in this country,
the Oklahoma City bombing in which 168 people were killed, was carried
out by domestic terrorists. We know there is significant terrorist
organizing via the internet and among the U.S. prison population. We
know there are terror cells in this country. We know the U.S. is an
attractive target to terrorists.
I have one of the strongest records in Congress regarding the fight to
preserve our civil liberties. I voted against the USA PATRIOT Act,
legislation establishing military tribunals, the President’s warrantless
wiretapping program and other efforts by this administration to
over-reach and undermine the civil liberties of law abiding citizens.
I think some of the characterizations of the Violent Radicalization and
Homegrown Terrorism Act have been a bit sensationalized. The bill would
simply establish a commission to study ideologically based violence and
make recommendations to Congress on ways to prevent it. The legislation
does not authorize the commission to take any action other than to make
recommendations. This legislation would not bring out the “thought
police” or result in censorship. Rather, just as terrorists have
stepped up their efforts recruit and train people to perpetrate violence
against this country and its citizens, we must also step up our efforts
to prevent them from succeeding. A better understanding of the causes
of ideological violence can be a useful tool in that effort.
You obviously have strong feelings about this legislation. I would
encourage you to read the actual text of the bill. If, after reading
the bill, you still have concerns, feel free to follow-up with me more
As you know, the bill passed the House on October 23, 2007 by a vote of
404-6. The Senate must now act on the bill.
Again, thanks for your message. I hope you will continue to let me know
your views on issues before the Congress.