Slipped under the door:
Many people are calling this the â€œthought crime billâ€, and with good reason. This bill will criminalize dissent, and specifically targets the internet as the primary method of dissemination of such dissent. It will create a commission to study blogs such as this one, that question government policy. As one blogger states, â€œSimply put: If youâ€™ve ever said that George W. Bush should be hanged as a war criminal, you sir, are a Terrorist.â€
What is so frightening about this bill is that it was sponsored by Democrats, and pushed through with essentially no discussion. I read the news for hours every day, and just learned of it last week. There has been incredibly thorough analysis on blogs, but the major news outlets have been silent. This bill suspends the first amendment, and only three Democrats, including Dennis Kucinich, and three Republicans voted against it.
You can read the text of the bill here.
On the face of it, it seems that somegirl may be over-reacting, but the issue deserves more discussion than it has received.