It took six weeks. Only six weeks for Congress to make a historic decision without any discussion or debate about its significance. That decision is the addition of “unique identifiers” to the passports of U.S. citizens. This has never happened before in the history of our country and has only happened in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia.
The U.S. Senate struck the first blow on December 17, 2015, when they adopted an amendment to H.R. 515, International Megan’s Law, under a “suspension of the rules” that significantly limited discussion and debate. During that time, the Senators failed to mention the importance of the amendment and instead focused on the “alleged horrors” the bill would prevent.
I said alleged and I mean alleged for this is the “new” sex offender myth that continues to be repeated despite a total lack of facts to back it up: anyone convicted of a sex offense involving a minor will eventually be guilty of sex trafficking. Regardless of the age of the offender. Regardless of how many decades ago the offense occurred. Regardless of whether a judge has declared the offender to be rehabilitated.
The U.S. House of Representatives followed in the footsteps of their Senate colleagues today, only six weeks later. And like the Senate, they considered the amendment under a “suspension of the rules”. They did not discuss, they did not debate the historical significance of adding “unique identifiers” to the passports of hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens.
Americans should be afraid. Very afraid. That any group to which they belong will be next. Are you a Muslim? Are you gay? Are you overweight? Have you ever been convicted of drunk driving?
We cannot sit still and be quiet. We must answer this grave injustice to the U.S. Constitution and we shall. We will file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, possibly the day after the President signs the bill into law.
For if we don’t act. We, too, will be “guilty” of failing to heed the ominous words of a German clergyman, spoken in 1946:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
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