Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Drug War Draft

Perry de Havilland of Samizdata is not engaging in too much hyperbole when he refers to the proposed law that would create mandatory minimum sentences for failure to report drug crimes An American law worthy of Stalin. I first heard of the bill proffered by Sen Sensenbrenner (R - Wisconsin) a couple of months ago, and I still see it as the federal government working at cross purposes. The Samizdata post has a link to a petition that includes some other contentious hypotheticals:
Here are some examples of offenses you would have to report to the police within 24 hours:

* You see someone you know pass a joint to a 20-year old college student.

* Your cousin mentions that he bought Ecstasy for some of his college friends.

* You find out that your brother, who has kids, recently bought a small amount of marijuana to share with his wife.

* Your substance-abusing daughter recently begged her boyfriend to find her some drugs even though they're both in drug treatment.

Remember: Nothing is outside of the government sphere if it is "For the Children". And it was the Republicans who were mocking Hillary Clinton for the "It takes a village" meme?

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