Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sex Offenders, The Constitution, and Your Tax Dollars

Very interesting display of a waste of your tax dollars here and here.
Both, from the New York Times, picked up by Doc Berman, show how the federal government can take the lead. Only in these instances, the wrong direction being taken. Backwards is not forward.

I sure hope we get real soon. Perhaps asking too much there.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have a situation that has been styled after the witch hunts of early American history. If there is anything we can learn from it is history is how to defeat unjust laws through the use of the media of the day.

Concerning the Salem Witch Trails in 1692:

Governor Phips sets up a special Court of Oyer and Terminer to try the witchcraft cases. The judgments were based on various kinds of intangible evidence, including supernatural attributes. The witch trial of Salem Massachusetts Court of Oyer and Terminer was stopped by the media of the day. Thomas Brattle

wrote letters of criticism to Governor Phips. Governor Phips ended the Court of Oyer and Terminer. Governor Phips orders that reliance on intangible evidence is banned. This was the court decision that stopped the suffering of people being hurt by law.

Concerning the McCarthy Trials of 1946 through 1955

The trials of Joseph McCarthy were thwarted by the use of the media of the time. Edward R. Murrow used print, video and audio to bring to light the effects created by law. Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, written during the McCarthy era, used the Salem witch trials as a metaphor for the McCarthyism of the

1950s, suggesting that the process of McCarthyism-style persecution can occur at any time or place when the hysteria grips a nation.

Concerning the Civil Rights Movement in 1950' and 60':

Rosa Parks boarded a Cleveland Avenue bus. When Parks refused to give up her seat, a police officer arrested her. As the officer took her away, she recalled that she asked, "Why do you push us around?" The officer's response, "I don't know, but the law's the law, and you're under arrest." After backing by Rev.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the media through his use of the media of the day the Supreme Court rules — on November 13, 1956 — that Montgomery's segregation laws are unconstitutional.

Concerning Satanic Religious Cults 1980 through the 90': Whether SRA actually existed was a high-profile controversial topic between 1980 and the mid 1990s. A survey by Redbook magazine in 1994 found that 70% of American adults believed in the existence of abusive satanic cults, the FBI has failed to find

any evidence of an organized plot to sacrifice children. For example, while the McMartin preschool case in Los Angeles received extensive national media attention, a much more extensive witch-hunt in Bakersfield, California, went virtually unnoticed. In the 1980s, the office of District Attorney Ed Jagels

prosecuted 46 people in eight alleged molestation rings. Twenty-two of thirty convictions were later reversed, including that of Jeffrey Modahl. Eight had the charges dropped and eight pleas bargained to keep them from doing time in prison. One of those convicted died in prison. The rest served out their

sentences.* The last of the accused, John Stoll, served 20 years in prison before his conviction was overturned in May 2004. Basically the investigations proved their own launch of fear tactics is not founded in truth.

Sometimes a person has to ask their self where people come up with these ideas. We look back on them and note the myth as it unfolded over the years.

Now today we are faced with a new myth. We are being systematically destroyed by the Puritans of today. We are forced to except plea bargains, confess to crimes we did not commit and have our lives ruined by people that do not have societies best interest at heart. Why do I say that people making and

backing these laws do not have society's best interest at heart? It is because the information and the truth is being hidden from society. The statistics are in, and be it there own ego or whatever, they are not revealing the truth to the people.

96.5% of ALL NEW SEX CRIMES ARE COMMITED BY SOMEONE NOT ON THE REGISTRY IN AMERICA.

Americans are notorious for discriminating against any person labeled with any stigma. Kind of like the flavor of the month, Americans use the stigma of the label as a driving force.

There are over 800,000 sex offenders registered and living in neighborhoods throughout America. That number grows each month by approx. 2400

Most of these sex offenders have families, friends, relatives, and children. Not all of them are ready to kidnap, rape, and murder your child. Most are required to register for much lesser crimes of flashing, prostitution, incest and a host of other moral offences.

Of all crime categories required to register only 11% of registered sex offenders reoffend within 5 years of there release, 9% reoffend within 10 years, and 5% within 15 years, and 1 % within 20 years after their release. These statistics encompass all types of crimes, and not just crimes of a sexual nature.

In short most sex offenders never reoffend contrary to the media’s tendency to group all registered sex offenders as dangerous. This you can find on the Department Of Justice website, November 2003, NCJ 198281. http://www.ojp.gov/bjs/pub/ascii/rsorp94.txt which reads, Reconviction for a new sex crime Of the

9,691 released sex offenders, 3.5% (339 of the 9,691) were reconvicted for a sex crime within the 3-year follow-up period.

In fact only 3.5% of new sex offences are committed by offender on the sex offender's registry.

Most offenders have families, supporters, and friends and are contributing to their neighborhoods as workers tax payers and family supporters. Is that what people want so badly to destroy?

To say it is the moral way to deal with the situation is not a justification. God is Love, and love forgives all things hopes all things and endures all things. To try to say sex offenders can not be rehabilitated is a criminal distortion of the truth.

It is true some sex offenders do not want to change their behavior and will not change. That is not the Status Que. Most offenders want to better themselves.

It may be true that some are predisposed. Those can be likened to pedophiles with no desire to have any other sexual focus in life than a child. This is a very small number compared to the numbers of situational sexual abusers that have the free choice of sexual focus.

To continue to inflict suffering on those that are meeting society’s needs is criminal.

Nothing will justify the abuse sex offenders experience daily at the hands of society through laws not well thought out. These laws are proof that something is desperately wrong with the justice system on matters of sexual abuse.

The bible speaks of the sheep and the goats and a clear separation of the two. Goats are bullies. Today religion is proving its selves to be the ones that do not allow for free moral choice.

Religions want to force their moral standards on mankind. This is contrary to the teaching of Jesus.

To be a Christen you must be a footstep follower of Christ, that is the definition of a Christen.

Jesus held open arms for all sinners because all mankind are sinners.

The only time that Jesus ever forced anything was when he was in the temple and used a whip to force the money lenders that were sinning out of his temple.

Not all mankind wants to be in a temple that forces their morality on those outside the temple. That is just too goat like and why most are now just searching for answers.

Crimes are crimes and sins are sins, and should be treated as such with the separation of church and state as government officials are not the hand of god.

The sum 800.000 sex offenders do have families, friends, and supporters. The number grows each day. These people deserve to be counted as individuals. Each person is a free moral agent with a place in this world.

Sinners casting stones is not the answer.

Thank you for considering this matter with an open mind. Please help stop the senseless destruction of humanity.

Help stop pain. The slap in the face and the pain that those received from some very bad men has been overshadowed by the pain caused by these poorly designed laws and the uninformed, apathetic public and greedy law makers.

Chris said...

In many ways it *is* a witchhunt; without any sort of differentiation between sex offenders, you risk grouping a 16 year old boy who made a silly mistake together with a man who spent months "grooming" a young girl before raping her. That is grossly unfair. I think that some sort of continuous offender monitoring is the best way to track offenders, but it must be said that changing the law to allow some sort of 'grading' of offenders seems the way forward.