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Dec05|2016
4 pm, PST

Anti-antisemitism, thought-control bill moves through Congress like poop through the proverbial goose.

Eight years of legislative constipation suddenly ends 
when it comes to Congress' preferred constituency 



To provide for the consideration of a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities


Apparently American Jews, although they comprise only about 2% of the American population, send so many shekels to Congress that when a bill benefiting them comes up, Congress drops everything else to pass the bill immediately. And the reason I say it is that I am stunned at how after eight years of Congressional do-nothing grid-lock, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act was introduced into the Senate last Thursday, Dec01, and passed the very same day. Unanimously, without amendment.

And what is even more impressive is the way American Jews pushing this bill -- we're talking the usual suspects: AIPAC, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federations of North America, Simon Wiesenthal Center, according to co-sponsor Bob Casy (D, PA) -- were able to get the Senate to sign off on it in spite of it being a pernicious thought-control bill. But you really have to wade through the wording carefully to see that, which is what makes it so pernicious.

The bottom (and very ironic) line is that this "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act" is an example of the many reasons antisemitism is becoming such a problem in America, and it is an example of why Americans mistrust of Congress is more justified now than at any time in history. The Act actually promotes the very perception of Jews that it punishes.   

So let me unpack this IED very carefully because, first, it is contorted, and, second, it presages the fetid dystopia that America is fast becoming.   

"Antisemitism" defined as including "the definition of antisemitism"

I am looking at the Senate version of the Act that was passed on Dec01. It’s bill S.10 as shown by its style, above.

Section 4 – the directive of the bill, requires that when investigating a Title VI violation, the Department of Education ". . . shall take into consideration the definition of anti-Semitism."  Hold on . . . what definition???

Well, Section 3, titled "DEFINITIONS," seems like a good place to look. It says: 

"For the purposes of this Act, the term ‘definition of anti-Semitism’ —"

and then it doesn’t give a definition at all, but, rather, provides two paragraphs that say what the definition of anti-Semitism "includes."  You don't have to be the brightest bird on the branch to see that defining a word is a different process from articulating a couple of concepts that a definition includes.  And, as a result, there is no actual definition in this law for "antisemitism," only an opinion of what the definition of "antisemitism" includes. 

As an analogy, if you asked me for a definition of "baseball" and all I gave you in response was "Baseball includes three strikes," you would not be that much closer to the definition than before you asked. You would, in fact, have been jerked around. It seems to me to be axiomatic that Congress has an ethical and moral obligation not to jerk Americans around like this. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA), who introduced this feculent bill, I'm looking at you.

Be that as it may, let's look at what the Act says the definition of "antisemitism" includes to see where Scott and Casey are going with this.

Paragraph (1) of Section 3 says the " . . . definition of antisemitism. . . (1) includes the definition of anti-Semitism set forth by the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism of the Department of State in the Fact Sheet issued on June 8, 2010, . . ."

OK, so . . . the definition of "antisemitism" includes the definition of "antisemitism."  IOW, the word as used in this Act "includes" the definition of same word as set forth in a Fact Sheet.  The Act provides no link to this "Fact Sheet" but you can find the thing on the Department of State website, here.

Here comes the mind-control part

Here is that Fact Sheet's definition of "antisemitism" (bold added):

"Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which [sic] may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities." --Working Definition of Anti-Semitism by the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia

(In addition, Paragraph (2) of Section 3 says the definition of antisemitism also "includes" the rest of the content of the Fact Sheet, which includes "Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism" and additional material that is relevant to comments and criticisms directed at Israel.)

The legal/constitutional problem is that by this sleight of hand the Act defines antisemitism to include "a certain perception of Jews." And so what is being made illegal is a mental process or thought process. (Experts may disagree on the semantics of whether perception itself is a "thought process," but not on whether it is a "mental process." In my view it is safest to consider perception to be a mental process that includes thought. Not all thought includes perception, but all perception includes some degree of thought.)

And note that the prohibited mental process is described not by any harm it does and not by the way the mental process is expressed, but by the way in which the mental process MAY BE EXPRESSED. In other words, according to this Act, merely having a certain perception about Jews is prohibited or punished so long as it is possible to express that perception as hatred toward the Jews -- and, "Jews" includes Israel, pursuant to Paragraph (2). 

More specifically, according to this Act, if one engages in the mental activity of perceiving Jews and/or Israel in any way that could be expressed as hatred, then that mere perception, regardless of whether or not it is actually expressed as hatred, gives rise to a complaint under Title VI.

The Act, in other words, is an example of the government making a certain class or category of purely mental activity illegal and punishable under (here comes the irony) the Civil Rights Act. This is an attempt at governmental thought-control, or, more precisely, perception-control under the rubric of "civil rights."  But then a lot of political correctness is really a warped manifestation of "civil rights." 

I admit that I don't know the 52 titles of the U.S. Code word for word; after all there are nearly 5,000 criminal statutes alone. Nevertheless, I am not aware of any other federal statute, or act, or bill, or regulation in which Congress or an agency assumes to itself the authority and power to punish, control, or in any way sanction a mental process. We're breaking new ground here, with the assistance and for the benefit of our Jewish friends at AIPAC and ADL.   

You have, no doubt noticed by now an edge in this post. It's there because as a neuroscientist and lawyer, when the government begins passing legislation that controls or in any way attempts to affect individuals' mental processes, it frightens me. And as an ex-Marine with a Purple Heart it pisses me off.

As a society we need to think and talk about the way politically-privileged Jews in America and Israel are given special consideration by, and access to, Congress. More importantly, we need to think and talk about the way politically-privileged Jews are using their special access to Congress to turn the country into a mind-control police state, as is clearly indicated by the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act.

Read more: 

Anthony L. Fisher, Reason, Proposed 'Anti-Semitism Awareness Act' is an Unconstitutional Mess 

Alex Emmons, The Intercept , Sentate Response to Trump-Inspired Anti-Semitism By Targeting Students Who Criticize Israel

Stephen Lendman, SteveLendmanBlog, Disgraceful US Anti-Semitism Awareness Act


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