Thursday, September 15, 2011

OFF TOPIC - 3-Year-Olds Branded “Racist,” “Homophobic” Put In Government Database

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I don't trust much of what Alex Jones says, but if this is true, it would not surprise me.

09/15/2011

By Paul Joseph Watson

Kids’ future careers jeopardized by committing hate crime of saying the word “gay

Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had their names registered on a government database and branded “racist” or “homophobic” for using playground insults, infractions that could impact their future careers.

The shocking figures were disclosed after civil liberties group the Manifesto Club made a Freedom of Information Act request which betrayed the fact that kids who used petty jibes are now being treated as thought criminals by education authorities.

34,000 incidents of “racism” in total were reported for the year 2009-2010, with nursery school toddlers as young as three being put on a state database for using the words “gay” and “lesbian”. One child who called another “broccoli head” was also reported to authorities. Other cases included a child who used the word “gaylord,” while another who told a teacher “this work is gay,” was also added to the thought crime database.

The majority of the reported cases involved primary school children.

The record can be passed from primaries to secondaries or when a pupil moves between schools,” reports the Daily Mail.

And if schools are asked for a pupil reference by a future employer or a university, the record could be used as the basis for it, meaning the pettiest of incidents has the potential to blight a child for life.”

Schools are being pressured to report such incidents to authorities and face punishments for not doing so under anti-bullying policies.

This is a clear example of how hate crime laws have brazenly been hijacked by the state to get children institutionalized on criminal databases at an early age. This is about the state dictating what your child can think and say – it’s the thought police on steroids.

Orwell talked about the state reducing language via Newspeak in his book 1984. By eliminating the very words that come out of children’s mouths and punishing them for thinking certain thoughts, all critical thinking is ultimately abolished, and Big Brother assumes the supreme power to dictate reality – a dictatorship over our very minds.

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS NUDITY!


NM - Homeless sex offenders roam streets

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09/15/2011

By Alex Tomlin

Sheriff's deputies keep close tabs on 19

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Two days after a homeless sex offender, [name withheld], was arrested for sneaking into a bedroom through a window and raping two teenage sisters; News 13 is learning just how many homeless sex offenders are roaming Albuquerque streets.

They are supposed to be tracked and monitored closely, but that can be hard to do when their address is listed as under a bridge or just Route 66.
- Well, you repeal the residency restrictions and this probably won't be a problem!

Right now we have 19 that are homeless,” Bernalillo County Sgt. Joshua Campos said.

He said his deputies are hard at work, keeping tabs on homeless sex offenders in Albuquerque.

They do come in once a week to update us and tell us that they are still homeless,” said Campos. “If they change their living arrangements within 10 days they have to notify us.”

He said his detectives also do random checks to see if the rapists and child molesters are where they say they will be.
- I am sure not all are rapists and child molesters, but that sells the news!

If they are homeless they still have to give us a physical location of where they are homeless at,” said Campos.

Some of those locations, under the central bridge downtown or just Route 66. Once a month deputies team up with a number of agencies, including Probation and Parole, to do a sweep to make sure offenders are living where they say they are.

Troy Ruplinger, with probation and parole, said homeless sex offenders in their system have a little bit tougher restrictions.

They report a lot more frequently when they are homeless, they report three times a week,” said Ruplinger.
- Three times a week?  That is extremely excessive, IMO!

And they are required to get a job. Once that happens Ruplinger said, “We will work with the halfway house to get them in as soon as possible.”
- The online registry prevents them from getting many jobs, if any, and the residency restrictions is what is causing the homelessness, in most cases.  So how are they suppose to get a job and keep it?  Catch-22?

Deputies have a tougher time because they can't force their offenders to find work or a permanent place to stay. But Sgt. Campos said his detectives keep homeless sex offenders on a short leash, “It's not as difficult as you would think.”
- I am so sick of people calling ex-sex offenders "their offenders," as if they are property or something!

Sex offenders on parole are required to wear a GPS tracker, but that doesn't always apply to the homeless because they have nowhere to charge the device.

Currently only 53 of the 171 sex offenders on probation or parole have GPS monitors.


VA - Common sense screens out a bad idea for schools. Rah.

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09/13/2011

By Kerry Dougherty

Well, what do you know? Virginia Beach public school officials have wisely decided to ditch a pricey sex-offender screening program before tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars were wasted on such lunacy.

(Of course, this enhanced security system did nab a pizza delivery guy with a record of sex offenses who was trying to - get this - deliver pizzas to the office of a middle school, which had ordered them.)

It's tempting to applaud educators for this bold display of common sense. We'll resist that temptation, though, because they explained that the program was scrapped because of tight finances and not because the sex-offender-detector essentially addressed a problem that doesn't exist.

The security system is designed to run the names of every school visitor through a national sex offender list. When there's a match, school officials are notified and the miscreant can be led away in handcuffs.

Smart, since we all know that sex offenders flock to schools because of the notoriously lax security.

Actually, that's not true. Not only is it often a felony for a convicted sex offender to venture onto school property, but most schools also already follow strict procedures designed to keep all strangers away from the kids. It usually involves locks and intelligent human beings who require visitors to show ID, sign in and out, and have a legitimate purpose for their visit.

The computer system would have cost $120,000 the first year and $36,288 annually if it had been installed in all Beach schools. What a waste. Especially when you consider that the starting salary for a teacher in the city is $38,597.

I'm old school when it comes to education. I think scarce resources ought to be spent on teachers, not gadgets designed to do little more than give overly nervous parents a false sense of security.

The pilot program was tried in three Beach schools this spring. The lone hit was the pizza man with a criminal past who was caught while dropping off a few extra-cheese delicacies to the Larkspur Middle School office.

It's true he wasn't supposed to be on school property. But were the kids in danger as he came through the door carrying a stack of greasy boxes? No. Do we even know that his crimes involved children? No. Was he charged with a felony for his actions? No.

School officials say they summoned the commonwealth attorney's office and the state and local police. It was decided that because the school ordered the pizza and the driver was simply doing his job, this was not a case that ought to be prosecuted.

What do you know? More common sense. This time from law enforcement.

We all want to keep kids safe. Truth is, schools do a remarkable job of keeping strangers from roaming the hallways. Anecdotally speaking, it seems kids are more likely to be harmed by classmates, teachers or coaches.

It isn't just Virginia Beach that fell for this security system. Chesapeake public schools installed a sex-offender detector system at the start of last school year. That one cost a whopping $268,400 and, according to news reports, hasn't even caught a shady pizza man yet.

By the way, Chesapeake used federal stimulus loot to pay for that system. Any wonder so few jobs were created by that massively expensive program out of Washington?

Naturally, some parents were delighted with the added layer of security. Others saw it for what it was - a windfall for private security firms, an empty gesture on the part of schools.

Here it comes. Any minute now, someone is going to trot out the tired "If it saves just one child, it's worth it" argument. Spare us. If we follow that logic, we should hire personal bodyguards for students.

Geez. I hope that doesn't give anyone an idea.


NC - Sex offender sting underway - So when did compliance checks become stings?

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09/14/2011

PASQUOTANK (WAVY) - Wednesday, the U.S. Marshal service announced the success of an ongoing operation targeting registered sex offenders in northeastern North Carolina.

Operation Palidin is the first time the U.S. Marshals Service in eastern North Carolina has joined forces with local authorities to monitor sex offenders in five counties.

10 On Your Side rode along as officers ensured registered sex offenders were living where they said they were.
- Of course they did, nothing like using sex offenders to get viewers and ratings!

"We're gonna go check on right now, [name withheld]," Brandon Taylor, a deputy U.S. Marshal, said during the sting operation. " [We are going to] make sure that he's, he's residing at this address, where he's registered with the Sheriff's Office. Just to make sure he's in compliance."
- So tell me again, what is the purpose of probation and parole officers?

[name withheld] is one of 68 registered sex offenders in Pasquotank County.

The door opened, but no one was home.

So, a Pasquotank Deputy and a U.S. Marshal showed [name withheld]'s picture to a neighbor across the street, who verified that [name withheld] was indeed her neighbor.

Police will go back to the home later to make sure, but for now there appears to be no violations.

So far, the operation has netted four arrest, but police said success in the sting is not measured by that number.
- So this is a sting?  Really?

"We put every sex offender in this county on notice. You're going to be checked by your Sheriffs and then your sheriff is going to team up with community corrections and the Marshals Service to check you again," said U.S. Marshal Scott Parker.

Sheriff Randy Cartwright, with the Pasquotank Sheriff's Office, added, "our whole primary goal is to make sure that our sex offenders are following the state laws and the federal laws that are, and the guidelines that they must be registered is and follow each day is, so we can make sure that our citizens are as safe as they can possibly be."

Teaming up with federal marshals, extends the reach of the long arm of the law.

"It really makes for an effective team when we're going out trying to enforce the laws in our communities," Taylor added.

The penalty for a registered sex offender who fails to keep their contact information current can range from 10 months to five years in prison.


MO - Fixing a broken list

Rep. David Day
Original Article

08/26/2011

Rolla - State Rep. David Day attended and spoke at St. Louis with a group of individuals that feel the current Sex Offender Registry laws are broken (See Here).

My purpose at the meeting was to visit with them about working with elected officials and lobbying them, something I have done with several groups in the state.

Last year we worked on a bill with Rep. Rodney Schad sponsored and I proudly supported, it was HB 999.

What last session’s HB 999 would have done is simply recognize the difference between a true sex offender and someone who makes a dumb mistake at a young age.

Last year HB 999 passed out of the House with only 16 “No” votes, but never received floor time in the Senate because of it being so late in session.

Our hope is to have it moving much quicker next session and try to fix a system that in my opinion is a broken one.

Feel free to contact me (573) 751-1446 or david.day@house.mo.gov.


CANADA - What Police and Safety Experts Say About Hudak's Scheme

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09/14/2011

TORONTO - Tim Hudak is at it again. He found a bumper sticker slogan and talking point to clutch to, but there's not much substance there. Here's what police and safety experts are saying about his latest scheme to put our communities at risk by driving sex offenders underground:

"We don't want these people to go underground as well, and the more public exposure they get—there's been a lot of debate about whether or not the public should have access to the registry. We believe not, because it could create more non-compliance, if you will, where people don't want to be exposed and all of that." - Julian Fantino, OPP Commissioner, March 20, 2008, Standing Committee on Public Accounts

"We believe the current protections, which leave the decision on the public release of information up to local police in those circumstances, are the appropriate approach... Some of you know that there is a substantial element in the community out there that lobbies me, and perhaps many of you, on the notion that the sex offender registry should also include public access, not just police access. I have determined and the government has determined that this is perhaps not wise." - Hon. Peter Van Loan, Public Safety Canada, October 22, 2009, Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

"It's our responsibility to not only protect society but to create the conditions for all individuals to rehabilitate themselves. Rather than have offenders trying to stay ahead of information on the Internet, I'm satisfied we've found the appropriate balance." - Hon. Vic Toews, Public Safety Canada, March 29, 2011, London Free Press

"I don't think the public should have access to that information at all...If that weren't the general thinking, sex offenders would simply not register and say, 'Forget it, I am not going to put my name on a register if the people in my hometown have access to that registry… Public access would be self-defeating to the general public and to law enforcement officers in general." - Jim Stephenson, father of Christopher Stephenson, who the law creating the Sex Offender Registry in Ontario is named in honour of, June 7, 2011, Canadian Press

"If I could speak to that, I know a little bit about the U.S. registries. I've met a few colleagues down there. There are certain things that are nice, but they have other things that I think we should stay away from. For instance, from the RCMP's perspective, the public access is a mistake, but they do employ that down there." - Inspector Pierre Nezan, RCMP, April 21, 2009, Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

"Those hyper vigilantes accessing the U.S. registries are doing more harm than good and creating hysteria. It has the reverse effect. It will drive these people underground and we won't know where the offenders are." - Staff Sgt. Adam Alderson, OPP, London Free Press, March 28, 2011

"Today, we have a premier sex offender registry in Ontario, with a 97% compliance rate, one of the highest rates of any sex offender registry in all of North America. The OSOR is not accessible to the public, and this contributes to the high offender compliance rate." - Superintendent Ron Gentle, OPP, April 14, 2011, Standing Committee on Justice

"We do not see a lot of re-offending. . . they all know they are being watched and that we have a great deal of information on who they are, where they live and who they associate with... the registry seems to be working." - Inspector Ron Van Dam, Sarnia Police Services London Free Press, March 15, 2011

"We know that in the U.S. experience, far fewer sex offenders will register because of the public access to the information. In Ontario, for example, the registration rates are relatively high in comparison because the registry is a law enforcement tool only. We support the continuation of that initiative." - Steve Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, April 15, 2010, Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affair

Tim Hudak knows his scheme won't make communities any safer. Yet he clutches to the talking points anyway. Our community safety is more important than Hudak's cynical game.


LA - ACLU challenge to limits on social networking for sex offenders is set for federal court hearing

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09/14/2011

By Ed Anderson

A federal court judge has set an Oct. 18 hearing on a revised lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging a new state law that prohibits some sex offenders from accessing Internet social networking sites and chat rooms. The lawsuit, originally filed Aug. 15, contests the legality and constitutionality of the law, which was backed during the legislative session by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The statute (PDF) prohibits persons convicted of any sex offense against a minor or those found guilty of four specific crimes -- indecent behavior with a juvenile, pornography involving juveniles, computer solicitation of a minor and video voyeurism -- from having access to social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.

The revised lawsuit added a second plaintiff, identified only as James Doe, an Iberia Parish man who was convicted in another state 20 years ago of having sex with a co-worker when he was 20 and she was 14. He served four years in prison and is required by state law to register in Louisiana as a convicted sex offender.

The suit was originally filed on behalf of a Baton Rouge man identified only as John Doe, who served four years for possession of child pornography and is required to register as a sex offender.

Justin Harrison, one of the ACLU lawyers working on the case, said that besides Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, three other defendants are being sued: Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc; East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore and 16th Judicial District Attorney John Philip Haney, whose jurisdiction includes Iberia, St. Mary and St. Martin parishes.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Jackson will hear arguments at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18 on the ACLU's request for preliminary and permanent injunctions to block enforcement of the law and for a trial on the merits of the lawsuit.

Caldwell spokeswoman Amanda Larkins declined to comment on the lawsuit and said the office will file a response by the court-imposed Sept. 23 deadline.

Larkins said the new law is in effect and will remain in effect pending the outcome of the litigation.

The law, the outgrowth of House Bill 55 (PDF) by Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, allows the sentencing court or a sex offender's probation or parole officer to grant waivers approving the use of a chat room or social networking site, but the lawsuit claims those procedures are not spelled out clearly enough.

Violations of the new law call for a maximum fine of $10,000 and imprisonment for up to 10 years on a first offense; repeat violations call for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $20,000.

The lawsuit claims the new statute is overbroad and unconstitutional because it does not clearly define terms such as accessing social networking sites and does not clearly define what a social networking site or a chat room is.

It says the new law can be used to prohibit offenders from using or looking at sites like nola.com, YouTube, Yahoo, Gmail, Twitter, Hotjobs, eBay and a host of other news and jobs-related Web sites. The lawsuit said the law could even be read to prohibit an offender from checking the state's hurricane preparation site, Getagameplan.org.

The suit said the Baton Rouge plaintiff works as a computer technician and writes a blog that helps paroled prisoners become functioning members of society. The ban would prevent him from doing his job and "his efforts to remain a productive contributing member of society will be severely hampered."

James Doe of Iberia Parish, the suit said, holds "a dangerous, highly-specialized job in an industry critical to Louisiana's economy," but did not specify the job.

The suit said he often spends long periods of time working away from home in areas where the "Internet is frequently the only means of communications."

The suit said the new law would hurt "his ability to receive news and other Internet-based speech" and to communicate with his company and family by email and other electronic means.