A commission that should cause concern

Independent Institute
by Donald A. Downs

02/27/08

Washington commissions typically elicit little more than a yawn. Their numerous unread reports gather dust on shelves all over the city, from Foggy Bottom to Capitol Hill. So why should we be concerned about legislation, approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in October and now pending in the Senate, to establish a bipartisan ‘National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism?’ Don’t we want to prevent these things? Yes, we do. But we also want to prevent the government from engaging in ideological witch hunts or violating civil liberties, simply on the basis of what people believe...

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