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The New York Senate has passed legislation creating a database for suspected terrorists modeled after the Sex Offenders Registry.
“This would give local law enforcement the tools that they need so that they are aware if there is somebody in their community that has been convicted of terrorism who still may be a threat to the safety and security of Americans,” State Senator Cathy Young told WGRZ, a CBS affiliate.
Cathy Young mischaracterized the registry. An individual does not need to be convicted, merely suspected of terrorism.
According to a subsection included in the bill, a person
…identified by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of State, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Defense or any of its armed services, the United States Central Intelligence Agency, and/or the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as a person who has committed a terrorist act against the United States or any of its citizens, and/or who is a member of a designated terrorist organization pursuant to section 1189 of title 8 of the United States Code.
In other words, if you are on one of the federal government’s numerous secret terror lists—added without due process or the ability to challenge the inclusion—or you are a member associated with a group identified by the government as terrorist, you will be included.
Official government documents list a large number of domestic political organizations and groups as extremist or terrorist (the words are interchangeable, according to the state). Michael Snyder lists 72 here. Groups dedicated to constitutional and individual rights as well as those advocating “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable” are considered terrorist by the state.
Individuals listed on the sex offender registry are not permitted to live in certain neighborhoods and have other restrictions placed on them. The New York terrorist database is expected to do the same without the benefit of due process or a conviction for criminal activity.
Additionally, the database will be accessible on the internet. “Your name, description, address, occupation, and photo would all be available to anyone with Internet access: your neighbors, employers—anyone,” writesBonnie Kristian.
Increasingly, under the largely manufactured and hyped climate of terror, America is morphing into a police state.