The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 May 2003

One bill to distract them

Fusilier Pundit (17:09, 21 May) has taken a look at the so-called Justice Enhancement and Domestic Security Act of 2003 (link requires Adobe Acrobat Reader), and he is impressed with its bulk (486 pages), if nothing else:

[I]t's got a bit of everything: identity theft, telemarketing fraud, Nationalizing the Amber alert, protecting senior citizens from whatever distracts them from their oatmeal, and shielding whistleblowers. In addition, of course, to the usual suspects, ballistic fingerprinting and The Gun Show Loophole, whatever that is held to be.

It's a wholesale bid to overhaul Federal criminal law, including the laws of evidence and sentencing.

Another Department of Justice wish list? Maybe. Almost all such bills, historically, expand the list of Federal crimes, about which Fuze reminds us:

To your humble narrator, "Federal crime" is supposed to be an oxymoron anyway, with the exception of those few Constitutionally enumerated offenses such as treason and counterfeiting.

And somehow I doubt that had the Founding Fathers somehow been faced with telemarketers, they would have worked them into Article III.

Posted at 9:26 AM to Political Science Fiction

Telemarketers? They'd have tarred and feathered 'em and put 'em in the hold of that ship whose tea they'd just dumped in Boston Harbor.

Posted by: McGehee at 5:24 AM on 27 May 2003

That's a lot of tar.

Of course, if the Boston Tea Party took place today, the Environmental Protection Agency would have a hissy fit.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:18 AM on 27 May 2003