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International Megan’s Law moves through Congress

The International Megan’s Law cleared a major hurdle Friday when the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed it.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) has worked to pass the bill, which would expand the system of registering and tracking sex offenders to the international community, since 2008, when he first introduced the legislation. It was previously approved by the House in 2010. Full Article

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We need to contact our Congressman and stop this. These laws are getting crazy! Now we can leave the country? What next interment camps?

Hi Robert:

I’m in full agreement! The DHS is already doing what the bill does; inform destination countries. I suppose they are trying to make it official; to avoid lawsuits? Most people would and do think internment camps the product of a paranoid mind. I don’t and I know this government already has facilities for this and they rehearse scenarios that large numbers locked up. We would be the perfect test run.

Hi Robert:

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I thought the good old USA was already informing other countries when registered citizens travel.

They do; I think they may just be wanting to make it official, that way they can avoid being sued and pat themselves on the back as they tell other countries “were protecting you.” I just have to wonder if they do this with people like thieves and murderers.

I think this must be something more than the news story is telling. Because yes, the US already is sending that info, and you can’t even find out about it until AFTER you arrive at the other county and get rejected at the border. All reports are that this has been going on since about last December. And it sounds like most countries are rejecting people when they get there, no matter how old their offense, and even for minor offenses, according to the reports from people here. And note, this affect only former sex offenders, not any other offenders.… Read more »

Just be sure to tell the afghan citizens how the us protected them.

Should I tell them before, or after the drone strike into a crowd of women and children?

You say band of terrorists, I say wedding party or funeral procession. You say if it saves one child, I say collateral damage. You say tomato, I say tomahto.

These people in Congress make federal laws despite the fact sex offender laws in general vary tremendously by state. California is one if only four that make everyone, regardless of the severity of the crime, stay registered for life. This means, if this law passes, there will be a huge disparity and unequal enforcement/punishment going on here. If two people are convicted of the same lower level offense, and one is from CA and the other from a state with a tiered registry, then the person from CA will trigger a warning if traveling overseas for their entire life, but… Read more »

You hit the nail on the head. The information aggregated from each separate state databases vary to the extreme. There should be significant guidelines for publication or dissemination after it passes a federal filter for constitutionality, which would touch key cornerstones such as ex post facto infringement protection, threat levels, rehabilitation level, risk assessment etc. They obfuscate key mitigating facts in order to gain support for the chaotic laws that foster fear and lack of reasoning, then ride in the the rescue of the artificial enemy they have created. If it weren’t so sick, it might qualify for a b… Read more »

This entire issue of sex offenders traveling overseas seems like unchartered territory. Many RSO issues have been litigated in the courts – but I can’t recall ever reading about anything involving the right to travel freely internationally once your sentence is complete and you are no longer on probation or parole. This is something that can impact bi-national families and something that can cause people to lose their careers. It’s a very serious issue and I think the ACLU or a group like this should examine it. My crime was a statutory rape type case, I had a sexual encounter… Read more »

Let’s be honest, the whole human trafficking hype is just another means to keep the hysteria about sex offenders going. Now, don’t mistake this, REAL human trafficking, like what is going on with that group in Africa, is a a heinous act that should not be made to sound acceptable, and that is not my intent. What I have noticed, however, is that the phrase human trafficking is now being applied to kidnapping(for reasons other than slavery of any kind), willful prostitution, runaways, etc. By applying the term human trafficking to, let’s say for argument’s sake, a woman who willingly… Read more »

The yearly passport renewal fee (>$150) and the fee for submitting an itinerary would be problematic form a constitutional standpoint as well. In addition, a registrant would STILL not know if he were to be rejected at his destination or not.

When we’ve seen minor victories here and there, it’s discouraging when we see major things like this coming up…other than increasing the argument that registration IS punishment.

This congress has done about zilch to make the lives of women and children any better in any real sense. Meanwhile we drop to the bottom of the developed world with our high infant mortality rates. 5 million children are now orphans in Iraq because of our actions. They must hide this fact by putting this symbolic act on their resumes, and by so doing harm many who pose no harm to others. Do the people realize the sham?. No. Do they care? No. We are just a bunch of sex criminals to them, commodities to be traded for political… Read more »

This is coming on top of the Adam Walsh Act (which may or may not apply [depending on who you ask], in regards to international travel, to those citizens living in a non-Sorna compliant state) AND on top of INTERPOL’s much trumpeted rollout of a database which, itself, alerts all member countries (nearly 200) when a sex offender is presenting themselves upon arrival in their country. So these are three OVERLAPPING moves (two already implemented) to turn us into the 21st century’s equivalent of Soviet refuseniks. The only difference is that fewer people hated Jews than sex offenders. This is… Read more »

Can’t live where you want
Can’t go to beaches parks libraries
People living under Bridges
Cant get jobs
Shunned by society
Families being ruined
Banned from events with your family
And now can’t travel….nahhhh its not punishment

At the very least LIFETIME registration should be considered unconstitutional. You can’t tell someone they can’t travel forever.

What an utter waste of congressional resources and time. I am no expert or anywhere close to being one where sex offenses, human trafficking, and child abuse is concerned. However, as a rational person I understand the basic concept of problem solving. Can anyone answer how keeping track of registrants in any country actually helps prevent future crimes? Seriously if an individual or a group wants to do something they will find a way to do it regardless of whether they are being monitored or not and there is not a thing anyone else can do about it, unless messures… Read more »

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