Saturday, April 6, 2013

OR - Sex offender clinic getting heat from Portland neighborhood

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04/06/2013

PORTLAND - A clinic that treats sex offenders was forced to move at the end of last year, but now there's a push to force it out of its new location.
- Of course, no matter where you move, it's going to be the same thing, because the media, politicians and other organizations have pushed the sex offender hysteria!

Neighbors in Southeast Portland said Whole Systems Counseling and Consultation at 12672 Southeast Stark Street didn't properly notify the neighborhood when it moved from Sellwood and opened in late march.
- Even if they did notify you, you'd all still be out with your pitch forks screaming about it!

One neighbor has already collected some signatures from those opposed to the clinic and she is looking into collecting more during the weekend.

They need to move in an industrial area where there’s businesses, like down on Marine Drive where there’s businesses not children,” said one neighbor who wished to not be identified.
- You see, the sheeple in this country think all sex offenders are child molesting, pedophile predators who are waiting behind bushed to sexually abuse and murder their children, and all due to the media, politicians and organizations pushing lies and fear.

I just don't think it's a good community safety position to hold facilities, staffing them in residential areas. It makes no sense to me,” said Bridget Sickon with the Portland Police Bureau.

KGW spoke with the clinic's owner, Johneen Manno, on Friday, and she said she has worked to notify neighbors and businesses and even held an open house.

She also sent KGW this statement: “Court-ordered treatment for sexual offenders that is accessible and integrated within the communities where they live is how our society has chosen to deal with the rampant problem of sexual abuse. We need to work together as a community to carry this out.”


OK - Sex offenders make easy target for Okla. lawmakers

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04/06/2013

By SEAN MURPHY

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoman sex offenders who claim state laws make it practically impossible to return to productive lives are finding little sympathy before a Legislature that cannot stomach their crimes, even if they don't involve young children.

"All I ask is that you not view all of us as monsters," [name withheld], a former teacher convicted of second-degree rape involving a 17-year-old male, told a House committee last week as it considered tougher laws against sex offenders.

Oklahoma's sex offender registry includes those convicted of a broad swath of crimes, not just those against children, but some lawmakers argue the very nature of those crimes makes it imperative to crack down on offenders.

Rep. Leslie Osborn
"I will always vote to be the one that's tough on crime," Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, argued recently during debate over a bill to impose mandatory prison sentences for those who fail to register. "I want us to remember that the people that are registering here include people who are rapists, child molesters. These are people that have done heinous crimes to members of our communities."
- What a crock!  If they wanted to be "tough" on crime, then they'd require all ex-felons to register on a public shaming hit-list, and to have similar residency laws!  Sex offenders are just their way of helping themselves look "tough" to the people, while actually doing nothing to prevent or deter crime.  And, not all of those on the registry are rapist or child molesters.  Just wait until your son or daughter get slammed with the label!

[name withheld] testified before legislators as the House considers laws that would keep sex offenders out of state parks and prohibit them from going to schools unescorted if their victim was younger than age 18 — rather than 13 as the current law reads. It passed on a 12-1 vote.

"I've tried to stay out of the legislative fight for the past few years because it's become so depressing for me and my family, until these bills hit the floor this year," [name withheld] told the unsympathetic panel. "If bills like this pass, I will not be allowed to go to my nieces' and nephews' birthday parties. I will not be allowed to go walking in the park with my husband. I will not be allowed to pick up my children when their sick unless I have a chaperone with me. That's impossible."

Rep. Fred Jordan
Rep. Fred Jordan, R-Jenks, said his vote in favor of the escort bill was easy to defend.

"The whole motive of that bill is to further protect children, and that's got to be our No. 1 concern, and that's my concern every time I vote on one of these pieces of legislation," Jordan said.

Two years ago, sex offenders testified against a bill that would have chased them from an Oklahoma City trailer park. When the bill passed, many moved to tents on the park's outskirts. In the state Supreme Court, justices are currently considering whether it is legal to make registry laws retroactive. Two plaintiffs in the case claim they are exempt from the state's sex offender registry rules because their crimes pre-date the creation of the registry in 1989.
- If you are obeying the Constitution, then it's not legal, it's an unconstitutional ex post facto law.

The American Civil Liberties Union says recidivism rates for sex offenders are much lower for sex offenders (slightly more than 5 percent) than for those convicted of robbery, burglary or larceny (above 70 percent). The figures are from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

"We also know these bills and current statutes make us less safe as a society by marginalizing those that have to go on the sex offender registry," said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Oklahoma chapter.

[name withheld], who was convicted of lewd or indecent proposal to a child in Pittsburg County, said he's met several offenders through his court-ordered counseling sessions that can't find work and become homeless because of the current restrictions. He said a law passed a few years ago that requires the words "Sex Offender" to be printed on their driver's licenses also is a problem.

"Let's say you're applying for a job. You can't escape it. I know a guy who got beat up in a convenience store because when he was ID'd for a pack of cigarettes," [name withheld] said. "It's the scarlet letter of our time, for God's sake. It really is. For some people, one little tiny mistake can blow up their whole life."
- Maybe ex-offenders need to start suing those who pass these laws for harassment, bodily harm, etc? If that is possible? They probably have immunity from their actions, which is insane in our opinion.


NV - Woman falls victim to computer virus

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See the video at the link above.

03/29/2013

By Daniel Gutierrez

Las Vegas (KTNV) - There's a virus circulating on the Internet, that can cause some serious damage. The scary part is, even if you're targeted and know it's a scam, you may still fall victim. Action News anchor Tricia Kean shares one woman's story, in this Contact 13 consumer alert.

"I felt violated. I felt like someone had snuck into my house and taken everything," says Yasmin Bach of Indian Springs.

She says she can't believe it. It was last month when she says, a virus popped up on her computer.

"It flashed blue and the whole screen filled up with this very official looking, supposedly document, from the FBI," says Yasmin.

The message claimed the FBI had locked up Yasmin's computer because it was linked to illegal online activity, including the viewing of child porn and selling drugs. And she had now lost complete control of her computer, nothing worked.

"I was getting panicked. Until I got to the bottom and I saw to unfreeze your computer, immediately wire $200. And l thought wait a minute," says Yasmin.

She says she knew it was a scam. And she's right.

"The FBI will never contact you through use of an email, through the use of a computer. We will very rarely even call you," says David Schrom.

He's the FBI's Acting Supervisory Special Agent for the Las Vegas Division Cyber Squad. He says this virus, known as "ransomware" has been around for about a year. The scammer's goal is to scare you into sending them money. David says if you're targeted, it's important you react quickly.

"Turn off your computer right away or unplug it. You'll then want to get some help removing the malware that's on your computer. Don't do it yourself," says David.

But that's exactly what Yasmin did. She kept her computer plugged in and running, while trying to fix it herself.

"What happened then was it gave the hacker further access to completely clean everything of my computer and in front of my eyes everything disappeared. My programs, my pictures," says Yasmin.

Even though she knew it was a scam, Yasmin was still ripped off. The scammer had wiped everything off her computer. Everything was gone, including her social security number, credit card info and personal memories.

"Photographs that I lost, like of my daughters. I have a dog that died and he was on there. I want to get those pictures back," says Yasmin.

David says if you fall victim to a similar virus, be sure to protect yourself.

"File a complaint, if you will, with the credit bureaus, to state that you're a victim, potentially, of identity fraud and they'll provide some kind of protection in regards to your credit, for 90 days," says David.

As for Yasmin, she says she hasn't seen anything unusual with her credit. But she's afraid it's only a matter of time until her stolen information is used. So she's taking time to warn as many people as possible.

"When you become aware that anything is wrong with your computer, shut it off, unplug it. Immediately have it taken to a professional," says Yasmin.

So here's the Contact 13 bottom line. The FBI says it's important to properly protect your computer by always updating all of your software and getting a good anti-virus program. Although it's important to note, Yasmin had an anti-virus program.

And remember if you're the target of a similar scam, never wire funds to someone you don't know, because it's virtually impossible to track it down once it's gone.

And if you're the victim of any kind of computer scam, be sure to report it to the FBI.