And it was all a part of government over reacting, becoming paranoid, in trying to rid the country of some kind of evil. But what it really stifled was pure free speech and freedom of association. Unfortunately there is a law that was just passed by the house of Representatives, by a vote of 404 to 6 overwhelmingly, it’s called the Violent Radicalization Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.
What this law does essentially is it targets certain groups in the population that the government might believe are extremists. And there are two committees set under this particular law to study these people. And eventually, if this kind of law goes into effect and the Senate approves it, what you will have is a law on the books that is very much like what happened in the McCarthy era and probably worse.
The problem with this law, like a lot of post 9/11 legislation is, terms are used, they’re vague, and they’re not defined.