HR-1528 - Americans Forced To Spy On Each Other, Or Else

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HR-1528 - Americans Forced To Spy On Each Other, Or Else

Post#1 » Sat Jun 04, 2005 7:38 am

Wheres my America. WHeres George Fucking Orwell so I can smack him upside the head.... Time to start hanging the criminals soon...
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HR-1528 - Americans Forced To Spy On Each Other, Or Else


Synopsis: Another oldie but goodie from Sensenbrenner the Criminal
Source: Rense
Published: June 2, 2005 Author: Guy Herron
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It's time we started calling this crap what it is. Representative Sensenbrenner (see article below) has come up with yet another ironically named attack on our freedoms the "Defending America's Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2005" (H.R. 1528) This act would require you to report any of the following examples to the police or face a two year jail sentence.

* You see someone you know pass a joint to a 20-year old college student.

* Your cousin mentions that he bought Ecstasy for some of his college friends.

* You find out that your brother, who has kids, recently bought a small amount of marijuana to share with his wife.

* Your substance-abusing daughter recently begged her boyfriend to find her some drugs even though they're both in drug treatment.

* You can also be forced to go under cover in order to trap your friends or relations into giving the police enough evidence to prosecute them -- do it or go to jail yourself.

We have just finished observing Memorial Day in which we honor the soldiers who gave their lives defending this countries' freedoms. The kind of law that Sensenbrenner is proposing would be perfectly fitting in Hitler's Nazi Germany. How many people died in order to prevent Hitler from imposing this kind of government on the rest of the world? Sensenbrenner's H. R. 1528 is Fascism, so let us call it what it is. We show a fine sense of gratitude to our heroic dead when we sheepishly allow miscreants like Sensenbrenner impose the Fascism that they fought against on us.

Memorial Day is a good time to assess our country and our citizenship in it. I think, though, that a second opinion would be useful. Let us use our imaginations to call up the ghosts of our countries dead defenders and ask them what they think. Perhaps we can ask the spirit of one of the corpses bobbing in the surf of Normandy beach on D-day what he thinks of Sensenbrenner and his legislation. What do you think he'd say? And perhaps we can call up the ghost of an Eighth Air Force air crewman, who, too badly wounded to bail out of his B-17, rode it down to it's fiery death on the soil of Germany, as many hundreds of them did. What would he think of the USA Patriot Act which undermines American freedom in a way that would have made Hitler proud? What would he think of the people that wrote it? Or the people that voted for it?

And finally, can we face these imaginary dead and justify our citizenship to them? Are we letting freedoms' enemies within do to us what freedoms' enemies without could not? I think we are, I think that America is failing on our watch and if it goes down it will be our fault. What do you think? What would freedom's fallen defenders think?

Guy Herron Murray, Utah USA

cc Representative Jim Matheson, Just about every activist I know.

You've Been Drafted - Uncle Sam Wants You For The War On Drugs

Drug Policy.org 5-18-5

"I want to thank the over 4,400 people who have sent emails to their Representatives opposing Congressman Sensenbrenner's draconian mandatory minimum sentencing bill. This bill is now garnering national attention.

This bill would have serious consequences for our democracy, requiring you to spy on all your neighbors, including going undercover and wearing a wire if needed. Refusing to become a spy for the government would be punishable by a mandatory prison sentence of at least two years.

We need your help to fight this bill, including your ideas.

We alerted you last week to the bill, entitled "Defending America's Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2005" (H.R. 1528). Thousands of you have faxed Congress in opposition to the bill and we've already raised $2,000 online to fight it. Thank you!

We already told you about many of the terrible provisions in this legislation, but we are especially concerned about a section of the bill that turns every American into an agent of the state. Here's how it works:

If you "witness" certain drug offenses taking place or "learn" that they took place you would have to report the offense to law enforcement within 24 hours and provide "full assistance" in the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of the people involved. Failure to do so would be a crime punishable by a mandatory two year prison sentence.

Here are some examples of offenses you would have to report to the police within 24 hours:

* You see someone you know pass a joint to a 20-year old college student.

* Your cousin mentions that he bought Ecstasy for some of his college friends.

* You find out that your brother, who has kids, recently bought a small amount of marijuana to share with his wife.

* Your substance-abusing daughter recently begged her boyfriend to find her some drugs even though they're both in drug treatment.

In each of these cases you face jail time if you don't call the police within 24 hours. It doesn't matter if the offender is your friend or relative. It also doesn't matter if you need 48 hours to think about it. You have to report the person to the government within 24 hours or go to jail. You also have to assist the government in every way, including wearing a wire if needed. Refusing to cooperate would cost you at least two years in prison (possibly up to ten). In addition to turning family member against family member, the legislation could also put many Americans into dangerous situations by forcing them to go undercover to gain evidence against strangers.

This is what we're up against in Congress and, as I told you last week, it's not going to be easy. Sensenbrenner, the chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, usually gets what he wants. Lots of people are afraid to challenge him. But we have a duty to our children to stop our country from turning into a police state. I'm sure you feel this duty, as well."

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