Campus Forum on "Violent Radicalization" legislation

Campus forum on the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act legislation currently before the U.S. Senate (S. 1959)

Monday, March 3, 2008
4:30-6:00 pm
Location: Judd 116

This legislation, which passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 404-6 in October 2007, will soon be voted on in the U.S. Senate. Besides expanding powers of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Act would establish a university-based “Center of Excellence for the Study of Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States.” Is this a new threat to our civil liberties and U.S. constitutional rights? What is the bill all about? How does it define “violent radicalization and “homegrown terrorism”? Is this yet another cause for concern for our intellectual freedom? The National Lawyer’s Guild, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the American Law Teachers all strongly oppose the proposal. Come learn why!

* J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor, Anthropology and American Studies

* John Finn, Professor, Government
* Barbara Jones, Olin Library, awardee of the 2007 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for her work on behalf of the Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE)

Sponsored by WesPeace and Students for Ending the War in Iraq
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