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`SEC. 899F. PROTECTING CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES WHILE PREVENTING IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE AND HOMEGROWN TERRORISM.
`(a) In General- The Department of Homeland Security's efforts to prevent ideologically based violence and homegrown terrorism as described herein shall not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights, or civil liberties of United States citizens or lawful permanent residents.
`(b) Commitment to Racial Neutrality- The Secretary shall ensure that the activities and operations of the entities created by this subtitle are in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security's commitment to racial neutrality.
`(c) Auditing Mechanism- The Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Officer of the Department of Homeland Security shall develop and implement an auditing mechanism to ensure that compliance with this subtitle does not violate the constitutional rights, civil rights, or civil liberties of any racial, ethnic, or religious group, and shall include the results of audits under such mechanism in its annual report to Congress required under section 705.'.
(b) Clerical Amendment- The table of contents in section 1(b) of such Act is amended by inserting at the end of the items relating to title VIII the following:
This statement and ones like it make my believe that you have become apathetic to what congress does and like most of us Americans only wish to bitch and moan about the problems in Washington however will do nothing to cure the problems themselves. You feel that Washington does not serve your interests yet do you consistently write your congressmen? do your representatives know what you want? do you petition people for change in our government?
First off I am confused as to what I have said to give you the assumption that I am not vocal to our so called representatives. Second I have trouble believing they represent me in any fashion.
Are you sure? have you polled people and asked them what their wishes are? perhaps there are more people out there writing to their representatives in favor of such laws than people that are writing against such laws.
I have written my representatives on multiple issues. As far as I can tell most bills being passed are overwhelmingly in opposition to the peoples' wishes.
Only you hold the power to make your representatives work for you. If you do nothing they will do what is best for the constituency that do write them and voice their opinions.
Is it your belief that this failure of representation is a lack of individuals writing letters?
The representatives are aware only by what they receive as what the will of the people. if they don't receive any word from a majority of people against such legislature they will simply go with what opinions they do have. If they get no input from the people they will do what they think is right. They work for elections, if your representative constantly went against the will of the people he represents then that person at election time would find themselves out of a job.
Do you believe that these representatives are unaware of the peoples expectations?
These are not rhetorical questions, I am open to the idea that the path of our government and the peoples discontent with that path is a failure of communication.