The spy on your family act of 2005

http://www.alternet.org/story/22048

Sensenbrenner, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman, has introduced legislation that would essentially draft every American into the war on drugs. H.R. 1528, cynically named “Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act,” would compel people to spy on their family members and neighbors, and even go undercover and wear a wire if needed. If a person resisted, he or she would face mandatory incarceration.

Here’s how the “spy” section of the legislation works: If you “witness” certain drug offenses taking place or “learn” about them, you must report the offenses 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 minimum two-year prison sentence, and a maximum sentence of 10 years.

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

* You find out that your brother, who has children, recently bought a small amount of marijuana to share with his wife;
* You discover that your son gave his college roommate a marijuana joint;
* You learn that your daughter asked her boyfriend to find her some drugs, even though they're both in treatment.

In each of these cases you would have to report the relative to the police within 24 hours. Taking time to talk to your relative about treatment instead of calling the police immediately could land you in jail.

In addition to turning family member against family member, the legislation could also put many Americans in danger by forcing them to go undercover to gain evidence against strangers.

Even if the language that forces every American to become a de facto law enforcement agent is taken out, the bill would still impose draconian sentences on college students, mothers, people in drug treatment and others with substance abuse problems. If enacted, this bill will destroy lives, break up families, and waste millions of taxpayer dollars.

They’re not exaggerating. There’s even a subsection where if you’re the parent you get a longer jail sentence. See the “FAILURE TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING ACTIVITIES” section.

It’s really “learn about or see anyone under 21 buying drugs and don’t report them to the cops, go to jail for 2 years. 3 if you’re their parent.”

Good maybe we can send the Bush family to jail. Kennedy’s too. Fact is a whole lot of congressmen and senators have family members that do drugs.

This would totally destroy the Government. I’m all for it.

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

  • You find out that your brother, who has children, recently bought a small amount of marijuana to share with his wife;
  • You discover that your son gave his college roommate a marijuana joint;
  • You learn that your daughter asked her boyfriend to find her some drugs, even though they’re both in treatment.

When I read this, in my head I keep hearing Holden as he questions Leon.

“Describe, in single words, only the good things that come into your mind about…your mother.”

-Amanpour

You know, it would be totally awesome if the convicts got deported to the island of L.A. which would be separated from the mainland for that purpose…

Sending convicts to an island… seems really familiar…

It would be even better if you had to report a person who failed to report a drug activity. Now that would be fun.

Anyway a society based on denunciation is oh-so-great. Trust me, we know.

Have those fucks in DC completely lost their minds?

Ugh, disgusting. Hopefully this will never pass.

Hardly the first loony bill to be introduced in Congress and it certainly won’t be the last. Anyway, a check of the bill’s status on Thomas today shows that it has no cosponsors and after it was referred to committee (standard procedure), the committee Chairman referred it to subcommitee “for a period to be determined by the chairman,” which I interpret to mean it will be allowed to die a quiet death there.

Yeah, it’s just posturing for someone trying to build a strong anti-drug record that they can wave around next time they are up for re-election.

This is what you get when you let loony conservatives run your government. Hope you enjoy it! :roll:

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