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Research proposal: H.R. 1955 110 the Congress: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 On April 19, 2007, a bill called Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act was introduced to the House by the Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) in the 110 th congress. Focusing on prevention Homegrown terrorism and violent radicalization, this bill is so controversial that political and media criticisms had accompanied it from the first time it was introduced until the end it fail to become law. National security issues, after 911, had become increasingly important for both political parties to concern about since the myth of being invincible had been destroyed and people started to worry about their own security even inside the US. If a party could make Americans to feel safe once again, that party could get a huge political reward because enhancing national security greatly fulfill the national interest. In this situation, both democratic and republican parties realize that instead of solely strengthening national defense that protects people when terrorism occurs, it will be even better to stop terrorism and especially domestic terrorism from happening at the first place. The Homegrown terrorism prevention act is a perfect bill in terms of reflecting U.S authorities’ concern about how to effectively or radically solve the problem of terrorism. It defines some terms including “Homegrown Terrorism,” “Ideologically based violence,” and “Violent Radicalization,” which indicate that once this bill becomes law, it will aim at preventing people from having terrorist ideas before they actually have any terrorist behaviors. Since this is a bill that passed the House with a overwhelming roll call vote 404:6 but eventually was killed in the senate, it deserves to analyze the House and Senate in terms of legislate process and provides a underlying reason why this bill failed to become law. In this paper, I will argue that the public 1
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successfully fulfills the role as a watcher in the system of the check and balances to hinder the Senate to pass a bill that goes against public will into law. H.R.1955 is a bill that introduced to the House by Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) who was the chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment in 2007. This bill apparently involved input from the RAND Corporation, which produced a 10-page document for inclusion in testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security and its Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment, which generated this bill. Also, the introducer Jane Harman had lengthy relationship with Rand Corporation. Initially, Rep. Jane Harman was very confident of the partisan agreements on this bill just as later on
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  • Fall '08
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  • United States Congress, United States Senate, homegrown terrorism, Jane Harman, homegrown terrorism prevention

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