Monday, April 9, 2012

Elizabeth Smart Foundation - The Alicia Project - Not One More Child

If they "know" those hundreds of thousands of dots lead to a person harming a child, then why not go find the dots and arrest them? Sounds like a lot of fear-mongering for cash to me!

OH - Sex Offender Ruling Discussion

NY - Typical sheeple talks about the recent New York sex offender online gaming unconstitutional ban

Looks like the person who made the video has set it to private, so it cannot be viewed now, but we'll leave this post here in case it becomes public again.

Our Comment Left On The Video:
Paradise for sex offenders? Give me a break! You are the typical sheeple who believes everything you hear and see in the media. Not all sex offenders are hiding behind bushes waiting to pounce on you or your child! BAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

AL - Sex Offender (Fear Mongering) Commercial - Etowah County Sheriff's Office

Guess they need to exploit ex-sex offenders, children and fear to justify their jobs?

Click the image to watch the fear-mongering video

PA - Governor Corbett Signs Juvenile Justice Reform in Luzerne County

Comment We Left On The Video:
What about the GREAT injustice being done against ex-sex offenders, the modern day leper and scapegoat? You folks are side stepping the constitution and your oath to defend it, just to "look tough" on crime, but not actually doing much of anything, except wasting a ton of money on something that has been PROVEN to not work, protect people or prevent crime. What about that? Or do they not matter simply due to the "sex offender" label?

VA - Instead of hiring more police, Virginia goes after cheap labor, civilians?

Original Article


By Jake Burns

RICHMOND (WTVR) – Registered sex offenders in Virginia should soon see new faces on their door step.

Through the Governor’s budget, and now through the House and the Senate, they’ve proposed money to support for the hiring of 40 civilian personnel to work in our Sex Offender Investigation Unit,” said Corrine Geller, spokesperson for the Virginia State Police.

There are currently 45 state troopers in the Sex Offender Investigation Unit who track more than 7,000 registered sex offenders in Virginia who are not in prison.

The civilians will mostly assist with administrative duties.

Really, it’s going to be working in conjunction with the troopers and assisting them in their responsibilities for this unit,” Geller said.

According to the State Police, the civilians’ main duties will to be assist troopers in validating current offender’s employment and residency information.

But some have raised concerns over how that information is vetted. Troopers check twice a year to ensure that the address sex offenders have provided police is accurate.
- What about the information gathered from these "civilians?"  Are you going to check that to make sure it's accurate and not some vigilante idiot trying to get someone thrown in prison by falsifying information?

The new civilian positions would receive only 80 hours of training before assisting troopers in these checks. Organizations like Reform Sex Offender Laws of Virginia worry these civilians may be under qualified for this task.

In a statement the executive director, Mary Devoy, said quote:

Our concern is that by hiring civilians to do these checks that ‘want-a-be’ cops who perhaps were unable to meet the requirements of a local or state officer program but have a desire to be in an authority position will jump at this chance to become a ‘Sex Offender Wrangler/Hunter.’” (Read the full statement)

However, state police say the civilians will be closely monitored and will not be armed.

At no time will we ever put these individuals in any kind of harms way, or the public in any kind of harms way,” said Geller.
- Simply by having them verify residence you are putting their lives potentially in danger.  Also, how much are they going to get paid?  If this just a way to get cheap labor?  Other states have less police to monitor even more ex-offenders, but somehow, they get the job done.

CANADA - False sex registry match forces man to prove innocence

Original Article


A Brockville, Ont., man says he has spent a lot of time and money in an attempt to clear his name, and may lose his job because he has the same date of birth as a man on a list of pardoned sex offenders.

[name withheld] told CBC News he is scheduled to start a new nursing home job in a couple of weeks.

To get that job, and others in child care or children's activities such as hockey or Scouts, a vulnerable sector security clearance check is needed.

[name withheld], who has worked in nursing homes before, has gone through the check in the past.

This time, [name withheld]'s date of birth matched that of a man on the sex offender registry. Because people can legally change their names, the RCMP had to use fingerprints to confirm he wasn't that pardoned offender.

"There was a hit [on the registry list], and all of a sudden I'm paying all this money to prove I'm innocent," he said, adding that the process should be simplified.

The second check cost him $110, and [name withheld] said he's worried the final clearance might not come before he is due to start work.

Brockville police fingerprint half of applicants

There are 15,000 pardoned sex offenders in Canada. Brockville police said they're now fingerprinting about half of all vulnerable sector applicants.

Rob Lefebvre is the civilian supervisor for Ottawa police's identification section.

"Because the pardon for a sexually based offence is a sealed record, we don't get to see if that's an actual match or not, so it's inconclusive to us," he said. "And that's why people are being subjected to move to fingerprints after that."

Ottawa police have switched to electronic fingerprinting to deal with a 30-fold increase in volume. But some police forces still work with paper and ink.

RCMP Chief Supt. Chuck Walker said that as more departments go digital, the problem will ease.

"We've gone from receiving approximately five per cent of our vulnerable sector requests electronically, to as of now, about 70 per cent," he said.

DC - Standing near women now a sex crime in DC

Original Article


The DC Metro wants its male riders to be warned: Boarding a crowded train is sexual assault.

Unfortunately, that really isn't much of an exaggeration given its new ad campaign to combat subway groping. Yes, getting your freak on with an unwilling commuter is assault, but the ads being run depict something entirely different. Take a look for yourself. (These images are from an older campaign in Boston, but are being reused in DC.)

Click the images to enlarge (if needed)

Just look at those perverts, engaging in the age old pervy tradition of rubbing stomachs on boobs and getting off in public with hot elbow-to-elbow action.

Or, you know, look at those two guys just trying to get to school, or get home from work, and who are probably as upset about the train being crowded as you are. Yes, groping people on the train is bad, criminal even. But you know what else is bad? Portraying men as sexual predators simply because they boarded a crowded train and someone near them is a woman.
- And people say we have a "war on women?" Sounds like a "war on men" to me!

And really, is subway groping prevalent enough to warrant this?

If someone groped you while you were sitting on a park bench, you'd probably call for help. If you got groped in a crowded nightclub, you'd find a bouncer and have the creep tossed out. But on a crowded subway car, surrounded by people who will immediately put an end to any inappropriate behavior, and in an environment where your assailant has no chance to escape, we're expected to believe that women silently suffer these attacks.

No doubt it does happen. You can find every sort of weirdo imaginable on public transportation. But these ad campaigns go from trying to stop outlier perverts to informing women that if a man stands too close to you they're criminals. Good thing DC doesn't have a Stand Your Ground law.

NH - There’s Hope Even for Sex Offenders

Original Article


By Chris Dornin

The war on sex offenders makes sense only within a large historical context. My generation grew up practicing air raid drills in classrooms where the teachers made us crawl under our desks in case the real thing took out Cleveland or Buffalo. Neighbors were stocking their bomb shelters with canned goods and ammunition. We lived through the Cuban Missile crisis unsure if hour by hour the human race would survive.

There was a doomsday pressure on everyone. Sen. Joseph McCarthy tapped into it to wield as much power as President Eisenhower for a brief time. His aggressive Senate hearings on Un-American activities blackballed dozens of alleged communists in labor unions and Hollywood. Even a Pulitzer Prize winner like Arthur Miller fell into temporary disgrace.

The Colonists hanged 20 accused witches in Salem in 1692 and crushed another under tons of stone. Consorting with the devil was a sexual offense in those days. The judges and juries were dealing with huge stress from failed crops and the fear of Indian raids.

Now we have reached the depth of a great recession that rivals the one 80 years ago for its high unemployment and social unrest. Joblessness on this scale contributed to the widespread inner city riots in the 1960s and 1970s. The same misery, but worse, fueled the rise of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin a generation earlier. People are scared that way now. They want vengeance and safety.

We have started the second decade of a war on terror that may never end and knows few traditional limits. We watch Iran and North Korea try to join the short list of nations with the unilateral power to trigger the war to end all wars. Every few months some anonymous stranger guns down a dozen strangers. We all feel that carnage in the intimacy of the quarter hourly internet news cycle as if it happened next door. We want to save ourselves from so many threats. We want to lash out at them. The quickest, easiest way to do that is symbolically.

So we register sex offenders as surrogate terrorists and post their personal information as if it were bin Laden’s bio on the Internet for everyone to see. Failure to report to police on a quarterly basis earns a sex offender a new felony charge. We ban them from living near schools, daycare centers and school bus stops with draconian penalties for violations. We civilly commit them when they finish their prison terms. We make sure those are long sentences by stacking charges in multiple consecutive bids. Each image of child on hard drive becomes a separate felony. We give sex offenders special license plates. The police notify the neighbors when a sex offender moves in nearby. The neighbors evict them, or force the landlords to do it for them, sometimes subtly, sometimes with raw violence.

Eight years ago Lawrence Trant stabbed a registered sex offender in Concord, NH, and tried to burn down two apartment buildings that housed seven sex offenders and an equal number of non-offenders. Police found a hit list in the assailant’s apartment he had gleaned from the sex offender public registry. The names of his intended victims were checked off in red.

"I hope I've done a service to the community," Trant told the Boston Globe during an interview from prison. "These guys are sexual terrorists.”

Gary Wilson - The Great Porn Experiment

Video Description:
Have our brains evolved to handle the hyperstimulation of today's Internet enticements? In a response to Philip Zimbardo's "The demise of guys?" TEDTalk, Gary Wilson discusses the disturbing symptoms showing up in some heavy Internet users, the surprising reversal of those symptoms, and the science behind these 21st century phenomena.