05/20/2005: Y'know, back when I was a kid....
I was taught that the U.S. was so superior to places like Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany, because totalitarian regimes like those forced family members to inform on each other. Now, it appears that legislation pending before the House is going to require just that:
Under the legislation, any American who witnesses or learns of certain drug offenses taking place would be required to 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 two year prison sentence and a maximum of ten years.The sad thing, of course, is that my opposition to such a bill is going to be interpreted by some mindless robots as my "hating freedom".
Imagine finding out that your son gave a joint to his college roommate and having to choose between turning him over to the police and going to jail yourself. Imagine being forced to wear a wire and go undercover to set your friends and family up. This is the kind of police state Congressman Sensenbrenner's legislation would create.
Len on 05.20.05 @ 08:32 AM CST