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June 04, 2005

An American law worthy of Stalin?

I ran across this at Samizdata, where I stole the title. The excerpt below comes from DownsizeDC.org; click the image to visit that site.

Downsize DCUncle Sam Wants You For The War On Drugs

Congressman Sensenbrenner's (R-Wis.) draconian mandatory minimum sentencing bill will 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.

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.

The "certain drug offenses" mentioned above refer to drug transactions involving minors. You can confirm this on the Library of Congress' site. Search for HR1528, using the "by bill number" option.

Posted by joke du jour at June 4, 2005 08:43 AM

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