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President Signed HR 515, International Megan’s Law

President Obama signed HR 515 into law on February 8.  The law will require federal agencies to notify destination countries that registered citizens are coming to visit as well as to require the Secretary of State to add a “unique identifier” to the passports of some registered citizens.

“The President’s decision, if unchallenged, would require the Secretary of State to add a Scarlet Letter to the passports of hundreds of thousands of American citizens,” stated CA RSOL president Janice Bellucci.  “Therefore a lawsuit has been prepared and will be filed on February 9 challenging the International Megan’s Law.”

The lawsuit will be filed in U.S. District Court, San Francisco, on behalf of four registered citizens.  The lawsuit alleges that International Megan’s Law violates several provisions in the U.S. Constitution including the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment, as well as the equal protection and ex facto clauses.  Subsequent to filing of the lawsuit, an application for a Preliminary Injunction will be filed which, if granted, would stop the law from being implemented.

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Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 515, H.R. 4188, S. 2152 – The White House

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  1. The Anon

    No real surprise. On to the court system. Let’s kill this thing.

    • John

      I just supported the lawsuit by donating what I could. Every little bit helps.

  2. Q

    Not one bit surprised obama would sign this. He doesn’t give a damn about the constitution, never did and never will; even though his background may have led others to think otherwise. I also won’t be surprised if the courts eventually claim this affront to truth and all that is right is no different that having a price club membership.

    • C

      And to think I voted for this a-hole solely because I thought he would choose SCOTUS justices more sympathetic to our predicament. Welp, so much for that. (Did anything actually go before Supremes during Barry’s reign?

      As another election cycle rapidly approaches, should I make the same decision? For me its down to Trump or Bernie unless Kascich picks up steam. Anyone else is just another establishment hack. Trump, I fear is the candidate more likely to have us rounded up and gassed, but hey, my taxes might go down. Then there is Bernie who complains of too many Americans in prison and a litmus test for Supreme Court justice candidates to ensure they’ll support his policies. Hmmm, decisions…decisions…

      • Jason

        Obama put Sotomayor and Kagan on the court. It’s only because of those two judges that we have a chance. Had McCain or Romney put their guys on the court there would be no chance.

        If you’re choosing candidates in the upcoming election based solely on SCOTUS nominations regarding this issue, then Bernie, Hillary, Trump*, the rest is the order to vote.

        *Trump is only put there because he is a wild card. He’d likely pick horrible nominees, but he’s the only one in the GOP field (now that Paul is out) that would have any chance of bucking the trend.

      • PK

        It’s crazy even though I’ve been die-hard Trump, I’m starting to lean towards Bernie now- only for that reason.

  3. Craig

    I am really ashamed to be a American at this point, to think this would have happened many many years after I took a plea and then paid my debt in full and still not allowed to have my life back. As I said before donation coming your way and will monthly as well as Texas voices. No matter where we live we are in this together.

  4. M

    Our government has just replaced “God Bless America” with “Seig Heil”. Break out the yellow stars of David, upside-down pink triangles, etc.

  5. G4Change

    Sad but not surprising. Obama has been a huge letdown basically in all aspects of his presidency. So much for all of that CHANGE he talked about. It was just more hot air from another windbag politician. What a loser!

    • Q

      He was never qualified to be a national leader in the first place. I was appalled during his first run for the presidency and equally shocked when he was re elected. I live in a nation of blind fools!

      • pgm111

        Keep in mind that Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and all the rest would do the same exact thing. Spineless, gutless, pandering politicians.

  6. JM

    It’s disappointing to see that the president signed this. I tend to think of Obama as being a liberal and generally liberals are more understanding and compassionate from my experience. This is disgraceful coming from someone with his intellect.

    • Timmr

      I think Obama is a populist, more than anything else. We haven’t convinced him or the nation that the vast majority of us are just average Joes not monsters. People like Josh Gravens are on that front, waging peace, not war — refraining from calling people names or aligning themselves with extremist ideologies. Myths can be changed. I have seen that in my extended family, some are staunch fundamentalists and some are die hard feminists. They don’t make me feel like a monster or exclude me from their activities. They treat me as me, not the embodiment of my crime.

  7. Concerned Citizen

    Thank you Janice Bellucci for fighting this.

  8. David

    Thank God for Janice Bellucci and the lawsuit.

  9. Nicholas Maietta

    By signing this into law, our President of the United States just violated my rights he’s vowed to protect. His is a traitor and needs to be impeached for this action.

    • SCOTUS dont fail us now

      Comments like this do not help our position. While I do not believe this law is constitutional, and do not think it will be upheld (i hope), the idea you can impeach a president for not agreeing with you is kinda out there i think

      • Timmr

        You said constitutional, when I think you meant unconstitutional. It is also not realistic. The Republicans would love to impeach him, but not on these grounds. I don’t think you could do it without them. That would negate all their moralizing and grandstanding about saving that one child somewhere they’re always saying they are trying to save.

  10. LS

    Yes, THANK GOD for Janice Bellucci et al. My donation is on its way!

  11. JohnDoeUtah

    I remember in the Nebraska case the plaintiffs were able to get legislator’s e-mails, and were able to prove that the changes were made as intended punishment. I think that would be a good start here. There should be six years worth of punishment statements between Chris Smith and the co-authors to prove legislative intent to punish expost facto.

    • Timmr

      Can one get these emails? Are they public records? Maybe we could get a few of us to divide the task of looking through them. I volunteer.

    • pgm111

      That is a GREAT idea. Can we use the Freedom Of Information Act to get all the emails by and between the politicians over the past eight years? Genius idea. Janet, your thoughts on this? Or perhaps we should not be discussing strategy in an open forum…

      • Timmr

        The Arab Spring was spontaneously organized openly over the Internet. Ghandi told the British he was walking to the sea. When you wage war, you hide your strategy. When you wage Peace you disclose it. To give credit where credit is due, I got this idea from: THE ART OF WAGING PEACE: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World by Paul K. Chappell.
        I mean criminals and monsters sneak around,, plotting. May be an image for us to think about avoiding.

    • David Kennerly

      Here he is Chris Smith speaking before the Heritage Foundation a year ago, in regards to IML: “”It was a group of Thai TIP officials, eight years ago, came to my office and I often meet with TIP delegations, and I asked them “If you knew a convicted pedophile was coming to Bangkok, what would you do?”

      Every single one of the twelve people who were in the room said there’s no way he would get a visa.”

      That afternoon we began drafting what is now become International Megan’s Law’ to notice countries of destination in a timely fashion, to ensure that you, and hopefully us, if we can get reciprocity going, will say “no way they’re coming here under that shroud of secrecy on the sex tourism trips to abuse our little children.”

  12. TiredOfHiding

    This is the last straw. They have put us in virtual prison and this must not be allowed.

    We have as much right – Human Right – to explore this earth that we evolved on and are part of.

    No “law” made by man is absolute and this one is nothing more than evil punishment.

    Again my country disappoints me and I look forward to the day that I can leave and renounce my citizenship to the USA officially as of this moment I no longer consider myself an American but a political prisoner being held hostage within the confines of the boarders of the United States of America!

    Let Me OUT!

  13. Bobby

    I recently was working for a travel business that helped issue passports to people and was excited to get my passport because I wanted to travel. I always wanted to visit Europe and do touristy stuff. Like take a photo in the Eiffel tower and things like that. Sex tourism or sex itself is never on my mind when I travel. But now ? My travel days are over. There is no way I will ever get a passport just to satisfy this governments sadistic blood lust in humiliating me by putting a nasty mark on my little blue book. I really thank the people of RSOL and affiliates for fighting this and continue fighting this. I hate being American. Only human now. A child of the Earth.

    • Judy

      Identifying on a passport, that you’ve been found to be a registered sex offender, seems like putting the Jewish star on people for all to see and discriminate and hate and violates human rights! = Judy=

  14. ma.concerned.citizen

    Thank you Janice and the four registered citizens taking a stand against this! And thank you for continuing to fight for us. I’ve made a donation already this month, but plan to make another one shortly!

    • TiredOfHiding

      Janis – PLEASE NOTE that I have offered on many occasions to be included in any sort of legal action against the government and this is certainly still the case!

      I am perfectly willing to use my name so please contact me if I can be of service to fight this and all other injustices that we are facing and continue to grow worse with each passing year!

      • Timmr

        Tired of Hiding, don’t give up trying to find a lawyer to take on your case. I know someone who was continually turned away and eventually he found a budding lawyer who was able to help him get his case re-heard and to prove his innocence.

  15. SCOTUS dont fail us now

    Really silly question, but wouldn’t an injunction issued by a court in San Francisco only help stop the law from being implemented by the against the citizens in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake County, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Sanfrancisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Benito Counties? It will have no effect on stopping this law in the rest of the country unless eventually SCOTUS takes the case?

    • PK

      That’s a good question, does anyone have an answer?

    • Timmmy

      It would only affect those named in the suit. While I had a court order it was only applied to me, while they continued to process others in the very same situation I was in.

      • SCOTUS dont fail us now

        how did you lawsuit turn out

      • PK

        I’m not sure if that is correct, that it would only affect plaintiffs in the lawsuit. I doubt that the ACLU and the legal teams would go to such great extent and expense only to benefit the plaintiffs.

        I think this is a Janice question

        • Timmmy

          A judge would have to order a blanket injunction. Would they? WHo knows

      • Timmr

        Janice got the judge to halt Prop. 35 for everyone affected. Hope this is similar.

    • Janice Bellucci

      If the judge agrees with us in this case, his/her ruling will have nationwide impact.

      • JohnDoeUtah

        Janice,

        Are you seeking to certify as a class under Rule 23? Also, any opposition to people seeking a joinder?

    • Terrance

      Can you comment about this Janice? This is something I would like to know as well. I know when the injunction was granted for the Internet identifier law it applied to all SO’s, but I’m not sure about this if the injunction is granted.

  16. someone who cares

    We all knew this was coming. Even the President does not have the guts to veto a law when it concerns sex offenders. Even he is not smart enough to do his research and realize that all this is based on lies and myths and it has escalated so much that nobody can even see the truth anymore. These lies have been pounded into peoples’ heads for too long to undo the cruelty and punishment this all has caused. This law is against all human rights and it is absolutely unconstitutional. It puts everyone in the same boat yet again, without even considering the time that has elapsed since their last offense. It does not put into account that most of these registrants live law abiding lives with families of their own, friends and co-workers who love them. When will they realize that they are not only destroying the registrant’s life but equally their families’ lives? This lawsuit will have to be successful. We can’t be treated like this any longer. Enough is enough. Murderers don’t have to go through this. Nobody should. That is why we have prisons, to do your time and be done with it. I have HAD it!!

    • Judy

      I agree, why should a person be punished then republished for life (CA is one of four states that does this), if they accidentally downloaded Adult Pornography that imbeded some child pornography on it??? This was not intentional! Now their passport is not allowing them to travel outside of the USA, it’s no longer valid! Ugh! Sex Offender laws are very vague and should be changed as it’s not a one size fits all general category! My 2¢ here! = Judy=

      • Hiding in plain sight

        Judy,just to clarify. The passport will still be valid, the problem comes when a receiving country chooses to refuse entry after implementation of this law and the notices of intended travel are sent. The list of countries is somewhat short now but when the “identifier” is placed on the passports, this is when you will start seeing more and more locations (even cruise lines) deeming us persona non grata.

  17. Bruce

    Somewhat related. I am planning to travel this summer to Costa Rica, has anyone

    experienced any issues with regards to Costa Rica?

    Thank you

    • TiredOfHiding

      Costa Rica will not only be informed by the government that you are coming BUT even worse…Costa Rica has a law to prevent American sex offenders from entering the country so I can say with 100% certainty that you will be sent back if you get on a plane to Costa Rica.

      • Hiding in plain sight

        One Question. Does anybody know at whose expense is the unscheduled return trip? Does the airline honor your return ticket or charge a fee? I plan on traveling to south america next year and get conflicting answers as to yes or no for entry.

        • Robert

          I was “instantly deported” twice. They used the return ticket.

          However you could have a problem with a connecting flight if on a different airlines. I know someone who was deported the same as me but had to pay the connecting airlines a change fee for the change to his second and third leg. They used his return ticket on he first leg as it was the same airlines.

          You could also have a problem if your departure flight is a different airlines than your arrival flight.

  18. Timmr

    The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves. We need to somehow get more people involved, and do a little more ourselves to reduce the popularity of this registry by supporting and being involved in positive actions. More letters, more protests, more lawsuits, and more education. This is a long term opportunity to enact some change, but the protest is still in its infancy.

    • Friend of RSOL

      You are absolutely right, Timmr. There are a FEW sympathetic people in the media, and we need to work with them.

      I saw an interesting documentary last year at the Sundance Film Festival. It was very controversial and wasn’t terribly well-attended. Comments at the end of the showing were mixed. It talked about Florida’s RSO laws and how people had nowhere to live. The subjects of the film gave heart-wrending testimony, but unfortunately, they reflected more serious crimes, which led to some audience concern.

      The filmmakers were Danish, I believe, and the movie was called “Pervert Park.” People in Europe think our SO laws are bizarre and violate human rights. The film won an award at Sundance for Documentary “access.”

      Sundance takes great risks with their films, and the festival has an impact. If we could rally more people who are experimental and fearless, we could move public perception forward.

      Young people are also not as hysterical as the older population. Vox, Fusion, Boing Boing, and Mashable are news sources that routinely write articles that confront difficult criminal justice issues, including those relevant to SOs. Without a change in public awareness and perception, we are fighting a very difficult battle against negative framing, misleading terminology, and fear-mongering.

      • Timmr

        “If we could rally more people who are experimental and fearless, we could move public perception forward.” That is getting harder with the county getting older and more conservative socially.
        The people who experiment are more likely to view issues from complex angles. We need that also, because the registry is composed of many different types of people that shouldn’t be pressed into the same mold.
        I am somewhat concerned about the use of social media by the young. It tends to contract people’s viewpoints, instead of expanding them beyond their friend group. We need to hear and see that “other” mystery person, who is not part of our selected group and can expand our experience. This expansive idea is the exact opposite of the registry, which is founded on the contractive idea of exclusion and mistrust, which is making this country imbalanced.

      • a mom

        Maybe we can get Michael Moore to do a documentary on this issue!

    • Seppo

      What could be done is to everyone to contact Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

      Coordinated effort should be made so that everyone complains individually and keeps on complaining until they say something about this issue. The problem is that the rest of the world does not even know about the issue. They vaguely know that US has some kind of registry but they do not know how broad the laws are, how they cover consensual acts with older minors and other offenses that are considered almost trivial in the rest of the world, and they do not know how more and more punishment is stacked on the registrants even decades after the fact. I am European and not affected by US laws in any way. I have talk about this with few of my friends and they laughed me of when I told them what gets one registered in US because it is so absurd that they refuse to believe it.

      I have tried to post articles to Reddit.com and get international visibility to this issue but they won’t gain much visibility unless people up-vote those post. I have tried to edit related Wikipedia pages but I face objection from few stubborn editors who revert my edits since it thrives on consensus decisions and I can’t win 1 vs 3 situations.

      There are a lot activism options people could employ individually every day on the internet. Get active!

      • steve

        I am kind of confused whether to write or to email one of those desks but not sure which one. Thanks for the suggestion.

  19. David

    ** Unbelievable! ** There is NO news coverage of the Bill’s signing!! And only one very small news article online. Where are all the politicians and the press? Why aren’t the law’s promoters and President Obama glorifying themselves and wrapping themselves in the mantle of “if this saves one child…”?
    If this BS law is so f##king important, where’s all the coverage??? (Or are they being stealthy so they can quietly expand it to include other reviled groups of citizens?)

    • Timmr

      I agree. It is very odd. Why isn’t the mainstream media (and really any of the independent media) lauding this bill and saying what a great way it is to save the children? Maybe because they DO see the arguments against it and the repercussions of the identifiers and are afraid if they mention it, it would start a nationwide debate. Then, the arguments for it would be exposed as the chaff they are, and all the ugliness underlying it would come to the surface. Too risky, because the media has been the biggest promoters of the myths. They are manufacturing consent by imposing silence. Not that they don’t do that already for other issues.

    • Nicholas Maietta

      The rest of the American people are next. That’s the goal.

    • Harry

      Even POPVOX after the passage, had very minimal, note about HR515, in small print.

  20. HH

    Suggestion with compassion, complaining isn’t going to stop this. Our donations and support will. Reach in your wallets and make a donation to help fund this fight. Another donation from my family on the way.

  21. Jason

    This was expected. This will not harm Obama’s legacy at all. The public doesn’t give a shit about RSO rights. Hundreds of Senators and Representatives on the left and right, progressive, libertarian, tea party, and moderate could have stood up over the past month, but not a single one did. 50 out of 50 states have horrendous registries. No one cares.

    Now if this actually ends up in the Supreme Court (not a certainty), here’s where we stand now:

    Thomas and Scalia are absolutely, 100% going to rule this law constitutional. Scalia is the guy who said it’s ok to execute an innocent man, as long as due process was followed. Thomas is Scalia’s little bitch and does whatever he says. (Scalia may vote in favor of sex offender rights, only if this is a 7-2 case against us, as he enjoys dissenting for the sake of dissenting.)

    Alito has been starting to give Thomas and Scalia a run for their money in terms of being right wing. This guy will no doubt vote in favor of this bill.

    Ginsburg is our #1 ally. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the most powerful person in the US who has ever stood up for sex offender rights with such clear conviction. Read her dissent in the 2003 case. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/538/84.html Unfortunately, she may not be alive much longer due to health issues. Basically her dissent says “LOL this is punishment people, you can’t do that according to the Constitution!”

    Breyer joined Ginsburg in her dissent in 2003. He’s another one of the few allies we have.

    Sotomayor and Kagan are relatively recent appointees. Though they have a bit of a progressive streak, but are by no means guaranteed votes in our favor.

    Cheif Justice Roberts will likely vote against us, though he shock everyone in the Obamacare ruling by joining the left wing justices. In that case however, overturning Obamacare would have meant stripping health insurance from millions of people, and I suspect he was aware of that. In this case, no one is going to give a shit if a few thousand passports a year are stamped with a giant “S”.

    That leaves us at 4-4 (or we lose 6-2 if Kagan and Sotomayor aren’t with us) with Kennedy as the deciding vote. He is a Reagan appointee who has moved to the left. He is considered a traitor by conservatives. Despite left wing tendencies, he did write the opinion for the court in the famous 2003 case where registration was declared “not punishment”. So it very well may come down to if Kennedy changes his mind or not. Maybe 13 years of evidence that this is punishment changed him. Maybe passport stamping is too far for him. We’ll see. (if it makes it to the Supreme Court, we’ll see)

    This of course assumes no justices die or retire. With the age and health of some members, there’s a good chance the court may look different in a couple years. This would be bad for us, as the GOP majority in the Senate will surely block any more progressive appointees regardless of who the President is. If a conservative justice replaces one of the 4 left wing justices or Kennedy, we have no chance.

    The Supreme Court is the only hope of laws changing in favor of RSO rights. I’d put our chances of any significant change at about 10%. There’s a good chance the passport provision gets rolled back. Odds are status quo will win. This is still our best chance in a generation though.

    • Janice Bellucci

      I agree with Jason that this case has the potential of reaching the U.S. Supreme Court as possibly overturning the Smith v. Doe decision from 2003. In order for us to reach that goal, however, we will need YOUR support now. Please make a donation today either by donating online or sending a check. Every dollar helps. Thanks!

    • steve

      Very interesting reading the Justices comments from 12 years ago.. From Justice Souter who agreed with the court that registration is not punishment. I think Souter will flop now. It’s obvious by these comments the majority think EVERYONE is still dangerous..thus registration serves a purpose.

      Souter:
      The fact that the Act uses past crime as the touchstone, probably sweeping in a significant number of people who pose no real threat to the community, serves to feed suspicion that something more than regulation of safety is going on; when a legislature uses prior convictions to impose burdens that outpace the law’s stated civil aims, there is room for serious argument that the ulterior purpose is to revisit past crimes, not prevent future ones. See Kennedy, supra, at 169. – See more at:

      And then Ginsburg commenting on his remark

      Telling too, as Justice Souter observes, past crime alone, not current dangerousness, is the “touchstone” triggering the Act’s obligations. Ante, at 3 (opinion concurring in judgment); see ante, at 2-4 (Stevens, J., dissenting in No. 01-729 and concurring in judgment in No. 01-1231). This touchstone adds to the impression that the Act retributively targets past guilt, i.e., that it “revisit[s] past crimes [more than it] prevent[s] future ones.” Ante, at 3 (Souter, J., concurring in judgment) –

      • steve

        Additionally, it seems the premise of why registration was ruled constitutional, high recidivism, has been blown out of the water 14 years later. The stat that 95% of new sex crimes aren’t committed by people on the registry truly applies to Ginsburgh and Souter’s theories. Hopefully, that gets fully exposed now and the truth comes out. The old saying it has to get worse before it gets better is fitting here.

  22. DdD

    This is why I am voting for Trump because I have nothing else to lose and, it will be fun taking everyone else down with me.

    • TiredOfHiding

      I agree with you. I am going to be as disruptive and unpleasant as I can be until they either lock me up or ask me to leave.

      Deport me anywhere and I will gladly go.

      Anywhere away from the sheep the useless American people have become. I am sick of this trashcan of a “country” and so is the rest of the world!

      • PK

        It really does suck. Even if you have money, the people are just smug and all about themselves. I’m just so over it! Even the illegal aliens, who are granted drivers licenses and free everything, they are even electing to stay in Mexico. It’s not the United States where I grew up, it’s for the people of South America. Anyway, even though my crime was a b****** misdemeanor, I’m not going to be able to get ahead in the USA, and I’ve accepted that. I’ve planned. Will it be a challenge outside of the US? Yes. But overcoming adversity has always been part of my life. And thank goodness I speak pretty good Spanish.

  23. Harry

    If, Obama did veto the bill, it would not survived a override vote in Congress and would of become law, in about 2 months, anyway. What really happen is this getting it into the courts, 2 months earlier. Thank you Janice for being here for us.

  24. Robert Curtis

    We need to start using the registry as a forum site to come together and empower each other for our own Constitutional good. Lets make the registry the source of it’s own demise. Kind of poetic!

    • PK

      I think that if everyone agrees to start a movement as you said, we would need a way to contact individuals who are on each state’s registry.

  25. Thomas Weryt

    Ok! It’s signed! We have a lawsuit against HR 515. Next question.. When does it become a law? January 2017 or effective immediately?

    • PK

      I think HR515 became law when he signed it no? Hopefully some of you were able to act preemptively, and just leave before this became law.

    • TiredOfHiding

      Don’t worry…you still have time to get in that vacation to Cuba.

      But you better hurry.

  26. Mike

    I think that we need to press hard and target the registry in Federal Court. Reading the opinions I think that the passing of the years has produced more information that the law is punitive and part of the grounds on which it was deemed non punitive have clearly been shown as false. There were numerous statements about the very high recidivism rate which we know is not true. Also the registry has led to a continuous loss of freedoms as evidenced by the provisions of SORNA, (the 21 day notification time frame before going from one state to the other is ridiculous as well as the little known clause that if you are a sex offender, you can not sponsor a visa for someone from another country.) All of the safe zones are without statistical merit. I say that we start a fund and all of us donate on a monthly basis and target the various registry laws post haste.

  27. Double A

    Like everyone else I knew this was going to happen. I’m thankful that we have Janice fighting for us. I hope there will be a string of lawsuits because this doesn’t just effect registrants in California.

    With that said, there are enough beautiful places in the U.S. that I will be visiting. I don’t need to leave this country. If they want this registrant to stay within these borders I will see them poolside at the hotel. I will see them at the beach. I will see them at all the different tourist destinations. I will see them at the national parks. I don’t mind sharing everything that U.S. has to offer. The only thing I will not share with other U.S. citizens is patriotism.

    • PK

      You got that right, they lost me years ago actually. It’s not my country anymore.

    • TiredOfHiding

      Good for you. I guess that some can live with this abuse and additional punishment but I can not.

      I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way. I only have ONE life to live. I am not a stupid christian who thinks there is a better world after this life.

      I am being deprived of my human right of movement. I am being deprived of my American right of the pursuit of happiness because I can NOT be happy being held captive as a political prisoner and deprived of the ability to leave as I please!

      This is unreasonable and the so-called supreme court will not do anything and I do not recognize them as supreme authority about anything.

      This time the government has gone too far.

      • PK

        Oh but you don’t know ….. if the Supreme Court will do anything or not, you just have to wait around for it to happen, for the next, ohhh 10 years or so.

  28. Ed W

    Wow, we’ve all been to prison and paid our debt to society, then we have to register as second, no last class citizens. Some having to place a sign in our front yards on days like Halloween to say stay away, we might bite. Oh, let’s not forget having our faces and ADDRESSES plastered all over the internet placing ourselves and even worse our families in danger. NOW we are supposed to have the government place a BIG FAT letter on our passports effectively fencing us inside the boundaries of the USA because now nobody will let us in to the country. Most likely we will be totally embarrassed before we can get off the plane and sent back home. Let’s not forget that our families will be humiliated right along with us as we are forced to continue to bow our heads in shame. No wonder why there are so many divorces among us. I lost my marriage, and my friendships because of the past and continue to suffer for it.

    • PK

      Hi- not ALL of us have been to prison. Just wanted to CLARIFY. This Law not only affects those who HAVE been to prison, but for those who have been swept up for B****** Misdemeanor Offenses.

      • Ed W

        Sorry PK, I should have clarified my statement. Some have been to jail instead or placed on probation with the same end results. Now we are all a prisoner of the State and federal government. Our every move was watched and now it’s even worse. They may as well shove a GPS up our backsides and dump us down a hole.

  29. Robert

    IML will greatly affect me. I have a wife and children in another country. If this law stands i will never be able to see my family again. I have e mailed my Congressman with that question since he voted for IML. No answer back from that low life leech. But in one of his responses to me he stated that human and sex trafficking was the largest money maker for world wide organized crime. So I asked him how does a sex offender fit in this? As usual no answer back

  30. Randy

    Perhaps we could go to the US Airport with the most international flights and walk around with big signs i’m a sex offender. – see how fast it gets news and tourist $$$ slows down. or like we all flood orlando airport with signs, see how many will come back to Florida or Disney. Follow the $$ to these BS laws; Dampen the $$$ flow and make international news and watch them start to take notice if the tourist $$$ can be dampened enough

    • TiredOfHiding

      Causing a “disruption” at a United States airport without a valid reason to be there you could and would be charged with trespassing, and even possibly terrorist activity. You would be arrested and we would be shown in a much worse light than they already manage to do.

      International tourists don’t give 2 sh^ts about a bunch of uppity “perverts” who are angry that they can’t leave America to molest children. (Not true – media perception)

      So no – don’t see that plan working at all.

  31. anon

    It is on TONIGHTS News CBS Channel 2 LA at 6PM

  32. MRP

    The time has arrived to focus on legal and political action. No punches pulled. I have watched over the last 20 years as more and more senseless, ineffective, and politically motivated acts, ordinances, and laws have been enacted virtually uncontested. Why? I have spent years and much blood, sweat, and tears to rebuild and reach a sense of acceptance and peace only to be confounded by the continual barrage of obstacles to that process that mindless politicians create. No basis, no facts, no debate, just pure legislative garbage. The passage of HR515 was particularly cowardly with the suspension of the rules. I have held a valid passport for years and have only used it once. It is my right as a human being on planet earth to travel and see the world as I see fit. After all these years I am supposed to have my travel destination receive a libelous and defamatory statement that is a complete and uncorroborated lie as to my purpose for traveling. It is a violation of human, civil, and constitutional rights. Direct, forceful, and unrelenting legal action must be taken NOW!!!!!!!

  33. HH

    I know everyone has a weekly budget we all must adhere to but nothing is more important than getting our freedom back. Please please for all of us , donate to this cause. $1 a day , $5 a week. Whatever you can afford. What is more important to us out Starbucks coffee or our liberties. I know I sound like a broken record but we finally have a voice thanks to Janice and team. Let’s back them up.

    • Timmr

      Ok. I will give $100. Giving money is about the only thing I can do at the moment. I feel I am buried under 16 tons of laws, not all of them due to the registry. Got a bill for $2100 for having the audacity to go to the emergency room because I thought I had pneumonia,and that my health care would cover it. Wrong on both counts. Good and bad. Did my profit and loss for last year and found I made $1200. That is a poverty level under the poverty level. Am working to improve that and also write comments, and send emails to lawmakers. My wife is angry, because I am not paying attention to her. It is a sunny day, and I need an emotional holiday. We all need to feel useful and have a purpose other than ourselves, but now I need to take care of the nitty gritties of life or I will fall into the same pit of despair that triggered my offense years ago.
      I am not saying this to whine or gain sympathy, maybe to blow off steam, but to say to everyone, there are people in my situation, some better, some way worse. We have to rely on our numbers to make an impact, and donate whatever resources we can to digging us out of this overburden of repressive laws. Not just money, but I figure a dollar I give will help someone who has only a dollar for their day’s bread. And someone who has more will make up for the dollars I can’t give.

  34. Lake County

    Janice’s lawsuit made the SF Bay Area’s KPIX TV news!

  35. Dray

    Just pay pal my $100. I hope this helps

    • Janice Bellucci

      Thank you for your generous donation!

      • EUGENE K HOWARD

        Janice I arrived in South Africa 11 Jan on a vacation, return flight is 28 March. I was removed from the North Carolina and national Sex Offender Registry 0n Nov 6, 2015. I was convicted in 2003. Should I be returning soon before the “effective date” is established? I am not paranoid, just very concerned. I booked the flight in Nov 2015. i CAN gladly RETURN SOONER IF i SHOULD.

        Thanks and thanks for your support. Eugene K Howard

  36. MK

    Thank you Janice. It’s times like these when I and the rest of my family are glad to have people like you fighting this.

  37. brunello

    A 15-second spot about the filing of the suit appeared on NPR news this evening. Perhaps the media silence will break now. I hope the suit challenges a lot more than the “unique identifier”. To me the detailed travel reporting requirements supported by a huge penalty for failure to follow it exactly is a huge danger for registrant travel – are they going to pop you in prison for 10 years if you miss a flight? Can you rely on prosecutorial discretion to work in your favor if this happens?

    • Timmr

      I think the biggest flaw of this bill is that it gives the receiving country permission to do to the registrant whatever it deems is essential to public safety. Knowing how some of these autocrats around the world determine what is necessary for public safety, chopping off heads of dissenters and the like, sending our citizens out with the label that essentially says “this is a dangerous person no longer under US laws that protect him, do as you like, we don’t care” has got to become some sort of evil precedent for the US.

    • brunello

      Well, I read Janice’s suit and the language of this part of the IML appears to apply penalties for failure to report intended travel, not unintended deviations. So the up-to-10years penalty would not apply if you miss a flight or made some change on a whim. But I still think there’s a serious danger if your changes signaled to LE any appearance of intent to deceive. You had better assume they’re out to get you.

  38. Harry

    There is one thing that need to be brought to the top. Government, at all level, can NOT be TRUSTED with the registry. They have abused it to the point that the government themselves are criminals. This registry and all registries need to be taken out the government hands. US do not have the responsible individuals leading our government, anymore. They are immature school yard bullies and brats.

  39. GRL

    Thank you for all the info.. I am already a member of RSOL, (just recently became one). I live in Texas. My offense happened 22 years ago and already paid my dues to society. Got off probation in 2008, I won custody of my 2 kids last year and have a 6 figure job. I have completely turned my life around, but I’m sick and tired of the scarlet letter and constant harassment I get from people that know me in my city. I have no restrictions as I have already completed my terms of community supervision, which was a deferred adjudicated 10 year probation sentence. However, its a double edged sword as I have to register until the day I die.

    This last December, 2015, an individual I don’t even know, grabbed the TX DPS sex offender registry link and blasted me on Facebook because I have a Twitter account to follow celebs and musicians, and her daughter which is 17, started following me. Her mother found out and put me to shame. Her defamatory post on FB rec’d 616 shares. Even my boss and some of my customers saw the post and deemed it inappropriate and slanderous! I felt that it was enough as this has hurt me, my kids, my parents, just my family in general.

    I’m in the process of filing a lawsuit. We are deposing the lady that libeled me and intentionally inflicted me with shame, and mental anguish. I think its imperative that we continue to unite and challenge these laws and start filing lawsuits against the people that slander & defame us by using the public registry in a harmful way. The public registry is for informational purposes only, and many people use it as a weapon against RSO’s..

    This HR 515 bill struck me because this Fall my company is giving a trip oversees and I’m in the process of getting a passport. I have a appointment on the 25th of this month to get it. I don’t believe that I should be fearful of winning that trip now because I maybe denied entry into that country. This is so wrong on many levels and I will rally my friends and family and file a lawsuit in federal court here if I have to. I’m sick and tired of living in shame and this has gone too far. Let’s all stand up and fight back, even if it costs us money, so who cares, at least we are making a stand for our rights and protecting our family.

    • 4sensiblePolicies

      Exactly right GRL. I just made another donation to CARSOL for the IML lawsuit. This steep downhill trajectory with our civil rights (RC’s for now – later on for all Americans) has to be stopped. Do I KNOW what the crooked politicians did is unconstitutional? Of course I do. Do I trust the judicial branch to stop the legislative branch from continuing to run amok? Not really. But if we go down in flames, at least I want to say I tried to help. It’s all we can do now. Let’s give what we are all able – as if our very lives and the lives of our families at stake. Ultimately they are.

      • GRL

        That’s exactly what my thoughts are. At least I gave it all I got. Good luck to you.

    • Craig

      GRL, there is Texas voices if you have not heard of them. They have monthly meetings in all major cities in Texas.

    • Son of Liberty a Child of Freedom

      GRL, you are what I consider to “Being” A Human “Being”, Front & Center!!”

      Now in the Property Management Industry which I grew from the ground.

      I have gone into many battles & when I go to war I make sure my attorneys hit my enemy before being deposited live on the ticker with not just a 100 question interrogatory but with the 500 question interrogratory, giving my enemy a real taste of what awaites them before the show starts with all the lights & cameras. Making them feel the pressure.

      In additions it exposes them to the jeopardy of perjurying them selves and later you can have the local District Attorneys Office charge them Criminally.

      Be serious, prove your steel & fight to the death for your family

    • wantstohelp

      GRL, if you haven’t already contacted Texas Voices, please do. This next legislative session is going to be brutal. Some horrific bills were filed last session that would have created 1000 ft safe zones state wide, making it illegal to even pass through them on your way somewhere. (Worse restrictions than even for parolees, as they can get exceptions from their parole officers and this bill would allow for no exceptions.) The bills were voted out of committee and missed being passed into law because infighting among the parties dragged out votes on other bills before it and the session ended before voting on them could happen. Without that, Texas would have turned into something worse than Florida. Without a doubt these bills will be filed again, and probably worse. Those who are fighting for sanity need all the help they can get. Please contact them. They NEED YOU!

      • GRL

        Wantstohelp, I have already contacted and we are in touch. We will be doing what we can to kill these horrid bills. Thank you so much!

    • catch22

      Why are you using your real name on FB

  40. Agamemnon

    All in favor of stigmatizing lower class citizens, say it with me:

    SIEG HEIL! SIEG HEIL! SIEG HEIL!

  41. SleevesUpLetsWork

    Hi, I’m an RSO! For years now I’ve been in hiding afraid to speak out, too embarrassed to ruffle any feathers. I guess that’s how I’ve always been. Prior to this I was an upstanding, considerate, optimistic firearm bearing citizen. One mistake and that is all behind me. I’m a survivor, I always have been, thriving is another story. Now the doorbell makes my heart skip a beat in fear. Afraid, my parole officer is outside but not because I’m doing anything wrong but because my neighbors will wonder: who is this man, a detective, FBI, parole officer? What is he doing at my neighbors door. Funny, I haven’t felt afraid of the doorbell since I was a little kid and my mom would warn me wait till your dad gets home! Although it wasn’t really the doorbell more his keys unlocking the door but somehow I think back to that. How I wish it was that. How long can I hide and pretend? Lucky for me I’ve lived in this neighborhood a long time and most my neighbors wouldn’t even believe I’d be in this heap of mess. I digress. My point is I’ve had enough! I’m tired of hiding I’m tired of accepting this and I’m tired of convincing myself it’s just the law. I’ve found a few forums like this but this is by far my favorite as its seemingly very well organized. Although I’m in NJ I still like this forum best. Remember there are close to or over a million of us and counting THE ONLY WAY WE CAN OVERCOME THIS IS WITH UNITY. NO ONE WILL SPEAK OUT FOR US, NO COUNCILMAN, CONGRESSMAN, SENATOR, MAYOR, GOVERNOR AND DEFINITELY NO PRESIDENT REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. ITS JUST US AND OUR FAMILIES AND MAYBE A FEW FRIENDS. Guys, forget about politics and parties this is too easy of an issue to stand up against when your on the other side. We need to band together and bring suit after suit after suit till we swing this our way. Damn near a million of us, I’m sure amongst us there are web developers to build sites and market our cause online, I’m sure we have psychologists and doctors to do case studies, historians and constitutional teachers and lawyers to dissect the constitution and make a clear and convincing case of these unconstitutional draconian practices, script writers drama students and actors to make documentaries to explain our plight. If you think we don’t have these people in our pool of a million, think again! At the very least we can all muster out an average of $100 between about a million of us: 1,000,000x$100= one hundred million dollars or a tenth of a billion dollars. How much lobbying power can that buy us how many lawyers can that get Janice to sling shot our cause? All I know is until we have our own registered people’s list from the entire country we will get nowhere. Jews, African Americans, LGBT’s all of these people had to fight against popular belief and they still do. We have to fight too, only way we have a shot. Or hunker down and be ready for more !!!! To come our way!!!!
    (Written by V as dictated by my bf due to his internet ban)

  42. anonymously

    Jason wrote “This of course assumes no justices die or retire. With the age and health of some members, there’s a good chance the court may look different in a couple years. This would be bad for us, as the GOP majority in the Senate will surely block any more progressive appointees regardless of who the President is. If a conservative justice replaces one of the 4 left wing justices or Kennedy, we have no chance.”

    But Bernie said in the last debate that he draws big support from those who didn’t vote much in the past. Democrats, and especially Bernie who has a huge youth vote sector, would do well with more citizens voting. Republicans do well when less people voting and that’s why Republicans work to suppress the vote. If Bernie wins, it will be because of a large turnout that votes Democrat. With that, Congressional Democratic candidates who run at the same time as the Presidential election will do well with increased Democratic voter turnout and the Congress may go back to the Democrats. Then, with Bernie as President, we can possibly get some good SCOTUS justices as the Congress might be Democratic majority.

    • C

      Feel the Bern!

    • Timmr

      No one has mentioned that Bernie is Jewish. I don’t want to see that as an issue, it is irrelevant, other than I hope he would not like the idea of putting unique identifiers on passports, because of the experience of his ancestors with that.

  43. Craig

    Ok they filed suit in the United States District Court in San Francisco challenging the “Unique Identifier” provision of the recently adopted “International Megan’s Law” (HR-515). and then there is INTERPOL Green Notices which I know is a different matter but the same results, keeping us out of most countries, so my question is if they take the “Unique Identifier” off how is that really going to help us travel? I understand the reason for the suit but when I look at the bigger picture we are still stuck on a registry that hands out nothing but more punishment every year.

    • Timmr

      That’s all? Just the identifier?

      • Timmr

        Actually, it reads to include both the notification and the identifier provisions.
        -Thank you, Timmr.
        No problem, Timmr. Anytime.

        • Craig

          Thank you Timmr, also on the phone conference last night It was made clear it should stop the notices. I hope so.

        • Timmr

          Sorry I missed that phone call, didn’t notice it was Eastern time, until it was too late. I did read the case, and it covered all the egregious parts of the bill.

  44. CFB

    I have paid my debt. I was a victim of coercion and entrapment. There was no victim at all. I am first and foremost a human being. I am a kind and decent human being. I am a man. I am an American citizen. I am a hardworking business and home owner. I am a taxpayer. I am licensed, bonded, and insured. I am trusted, professional, and educated. Yet, for some reason, if I want to travel to a foreign country, notifications and documents from the American government precede me making false statements and malicious assumptions as to the intent of my visit. It’s ironic isn’t it? No, it’s moronic and unjustified and will be challenged!

  45. Bruce

    thank you for the info on Costa Rica travel.cross that vacation off my list.

    Any info on the UK, Spain,Germany, France, Italy?

    thank you again

    • pgm111

      I visited the Netherlands and France in October 2015 and had no problems. I was asked to go through secondary screening upon my return but that was easy and took two minutes.

  46. Citizen of the world

    Welcome to 1938 Germany! This country is now officially a police state. Heil Obama and the rest of them. But like Germany, this “Dynasty of a thousand years” will go the way of Rome, Germany, and the Soviet Union. The rest of the world is tired of it. America, England, and Australia is the real axis of evil.

  47. Frank

    Amazing reading. It’s odd how “Jason” called it, on a SCJustice passing away. Scalia.
    Been doing my research as the “Punishment” continues after 25 years of updated
    and new punishment. In the state of NV. They make you re-up your drivers license every year. So anyone who looks at your drivers license can easily see your a registered SO. I simply want my civil rights returned to me. I’d love to have the right to have a firearm to protect myself and my family. Then just leave me alone.
    Contrary to popular belief, as a group, sex offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of all the crime categories. These statistics completely fly in the face of conventional wisdom about sex offenders being the most likely group of criminals to re-offend for their initial crime, but these are the facts.

  48. Laurence Kedzie

    My family wants me to join them on a 10 day trip to Italy. I am a resident of California
    Does anybody have any info on traveling to Italy post passage of International Meghan’s law?

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