This is an extraordinarily significant law that will further degrade the citizenship and liberties of all registrants, regardless of their intentions or needs to travel.
It may just pass this time and likely because of the additional incentive being dangled as an inducement as well as a key ‘excision’ from the bill that was probably tripping them up.
This law is part of an entirely international effort, organized around the newly-relevant INTERPOL and its implementation of a world-wide database containing sex offender conviction history (and possibly other crimes?) to be made available to virtually all governments when a traveler washes up on their shores (okay, shows up at their airport Immigration).
The inducement is this: in order for the U.S. government to learn of foreign visitors’ (to the U.S.) sex offender history, it (supposedly) must reciprocally provide those foreign governments the same kind of history about its own citizens when they travel outside of the U.S. The revised language of the bill that just passed the House is now quite direct in making that point and in offering it as a selling-point to Congressmen and the public.
The excision: they have dropped the passport restrictions language which some may believe to be an improvement on the legislation. In this case, I believe it to be, clearly not. The reason being is that the passport restrictions/arbitrary denials portion was more clearly unconstitutional (and problematic for those supporting this bill) and may well be why the law has not been passed in previous years. Also, as such, any law with it would have been much more vulnerable to eventual Supreme Court invalidation.
As a result, this law now has much smoother sailing in the (Democrat) Senate as well as a greater likelihood of withstanding Constitutional scrutiny by the courts.
Perhaps most disingenuously, this bill claims to NOT be limiting or restricting the travel rights of its citizens since, as they spin it, that decision will be left entirely up to the gov’t. to whom it has just provided information about your criminal history.
But, of course, which country – at this point – ISN’T going to turn away a “sex offender” who wants to pay them a visit?
Triangulating further to ascertain the ‘back story’ of this terrible development are a few other clues which help us to further piece together the puzzle.
At the same time as the U.S. is advancing this bill, ‘coincidentally’ any number of countries have announced, to great fanfare, their intentions to block entirely the entrance of sex offenders into their own countries. While this list may still be somewhat short (and has already included the U.S., Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand [the ‘Five Eyes’ as the refer to their nefarious selves and something known by refused-registrants who have been turned away from those countries for some years now]) there are, within the last six months to a year or so, a handful of other countries which are joining the “no sex offenders fly free” club, including Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil (just a week or so ago) and who are now explicitly excluding sex offenders through law (but they don’t actually NEED TO in order to exclude anyone from their country). I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few others. Actually, Japan is refusing any type of former criminal, not just sex offenders. And I really think that criminal convictions, in general, will soon effectively eliminate foreign travel almost entirely.
And the other thing, of course, is INTERPOL’s very public statements trumpeting the roll-out of this very database which they said was to be implemented well over a year now. That seems quite unequivocal and like a done-deal, doesn’t it? The questions of full international compliance, however, are far murkier with our own government keeping us almost entirely in the dark.
This all strongly hints at the MACHINATIONS behind our own law as well as the international effort which, in my opinion, constitutes a conspiracy against sex offenders by their own governments, that is to say, by providing information about citizens to foreign governments. Information which could easily jeopardize their safety and security as well as their freedom were they, in fact, to ALLOW the S.O. into their country, could be used to set them up for a profitable sting. Not so far-fetched perhaps when you consider that this already occurs in a number of developing nations.
This phenomenon of fully “internationalized collusion” in the formulation of U.S. laws as well as those in other countries seems to be a trend in recent years, as with global curbs on offshore banking and taxation. Now it has reached into the realm of those with sex offender criminal convictions but who have served the entirety of their sentences.
One sobering possibility: even if this law is not passed, it is not at all clear that your criminal past isn’t ALREADY available to any country you might now visit and provided by INTERPOL and the U.S. We know the “Five Eyes” have been sharing this data for years and the U.S. almost certainly provides it to some other countries, including Japan, who have started refusing Americans on arrival.
I’m just not finding clear or comprehensive information from our government on this which does not surprise me.
It could be that this law provides a measure of due process and Constitutional advantage to the GOVERNMENT (by putting the registrants on notice) but that it simply will provide this information freely (or has already) to foreign governments regardless of this legislation.
We need more information, if it can be found, to further understand the dimensions of this nightmare legislation and especially how it interweaves with INTERPOL and, of course, the abominable Adam Walsh Act which already duplicates much of this law now under consideration but which MAY, or MAY NOT apply to those Registrants in non-SORNA states (does anyone REALLY know?).
But more importantly, we need to act very quickly and forcefully and together. I am available for any such effort. Please contact me.