Compulsory Snitch Laws Threaten Police State USA
Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, May 23, 2005Civil liberties campaigners from the Drugs Policy Alliance (DPA) stepped up their campaign against Congressman Sensenbrenner's barbarically draconian drugs bill H.R. 1528 this week, highlighting its mandatory sentences for snitching refuseniks.
"This bill would have serious consequences for our democracy, requiring you to spy on all your neighbours, including going undercover and wearing a wire if needed," DPA chief Bill Piper warned. "Refusing to become a spy for the government would be punishable by a mandatory prison sentence of at least two years."
"We are especially concerned about a section of the bill that turns every American into an agent of the state," Mr Piper continued, going on to list a number of typical offences people will be required to inform on, by law.
"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: In each of these cases you face jail time if you don't call the police within 24 hours," he said.
"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."
Senator Sensenbrenner's Bill also proposes mandatory minimum jail terms for every federal offence including clubbers violating the RAVE act three times, who could soon be facing mandatory life sentences without parole.