James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the House Judiciary Committee chair, has introduced the Orwellianly named “Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act” (HR 1528) would compel people to spy on their family members and neighbors, and even go undercover and wear a wire if needed. Citizens who resisted would face imprisonment.
Under the law, if you “witness” or “learn about” certain drug offenses, 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 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.
“Simply put, there is no way H.R. 1528 can be fixed. The only policy proposal in recent years that comes close to being as totalitarian as this bill is Operations TIPS, the Ashcroft initiative that would have encouraged — but not required — citizens to spy on one another. Congress rightfully rejected that initiative and they should do the same with H.R. 1528. Big Brother has no business here in America.”
While everyone is so worried about terrorism, we continue to rapidly lose our freedom in the name of the good ol’ War on Drugs too, as we have pointed out before.