RSOL, RTAG in Washington to dialogue with legislators, staffers, journalists about International Megan’s Law

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      Brenda Jones, ED of National RSOL, and Paul Rigney, director of Registrant Travel Action Group (RTAG), are in Washington, D.C. this week to meet with
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      John

      You can voice your opposition to this bill here if you can. It’s fast and simple. It went from majority of users supported to majority of users opposed in one day. https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/114/hr515

      Also call, email, and write letters to your House of Representatives to state your opposition to this unconstitutional bill.

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      Ed

      Yes Sandy we are fortunate that we had people willing to go to Washington DC and present RSOL views on pending legislation. While there, I hope they can also impress upon these legislators how they are destroying the necessary mystique between the sexes that have kept our species alive on this planet for many hundreds of thousands of years. The great mass of the public is in a state of panic brought on by a few very rare horrific events. The great mass of the public is a lot like the plant in “The Little Shop of Horrors” and the legislators are in a panic themselves to feed this plant with OUR blood. Of course they do this to maintain their own cushy jobs, full-blown Pontius Pilates – all of them. They really should walk a mile carrying our crosses and watch while we are crucified – by their mandate. They are more than rendering unto Caesar – they have become Caesar.

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      David

      Thanks John!

      Yep, that WAS easy. It only takes a few minutes to email or write a letter. If a majority of those being punished under the sex offender laws spoke up….things could really change!

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      Paul

      I LOVE Janice Belluci. If you look at the map where people either “support” or “oppose” this bill, a huge concentration of people who oppose the bill is in California. That’s no coincidence. You go, Janice!!!!! Keep it up.

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      Jay

      If somehow passports were branded with such salutations then we have indeed compromised the security of registrants far beyond necessity. This information can be scanned by individuals who have no privelege to inspect if used for normal identification. The executive and federal abuse of power is outright abhorring. This will make a traveler suspectible to extortion, bribery or blackmail upon arrival to intended destination leaving the United States open to lawsuits. It deserves clarification if it intends to target only registrants or sexual offenses regardless of lack of registry required or not. The transparency is only meant as targeting mechanism of a particular group and monitoring by a certain audience to deter the successful embarkment of a legally authorized expat. So if you systematically encroach on the employment and entreprenual aspect of ones prospects of income then you are thus complicit to violating an individual’s right to thrive, leaving the constitution to remain nothing but a dying sponge of sacredness.

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      Ray

      If somehow passports were branded with such salutations then we have indeed compromised the security of registrants far beyond necessity. This information can be scanned by individuals who have no privelege to inspect if used for normal identification. The executive and federal abuse of power is outright abhorring. This will make a traveler suspectible to extortion, bribery or blackmail upon arrival to intended destination leaving the United States open to lawsuits. It deserves clarification if it intends to target only registrants or sexual offenses regardless of lack of registry required or not. The transparency is only meant as targeting mechanism of a particular group and monitoring by a certain audience to deter the successful embarkment of a legally authorized expat. So if you systematically encroach on the employment and entreprenual aspect of ones prospects of income then you are thus complicit to violating an individual’s right to thrive, leaving the constitution to remain nothing but a dying sponge of sacredness.

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      John

      Let your voice of opposition be heard. Call and email your House Rep! Cast your vote where the public can see and be educated on exactly how this bill does not accomplish what it intends and causes more harm to registered citizens.

      Vote and state your reasons here https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/114/hr515

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      Mike

      This will not sound right I know. The whole registration issue has morphed from a desire to prevent the horrific crimes that created the desire to pass legislation to an ever increasing political movement to secure reelection for politicians using tax dollars. The efforts of the organizations are laudable but this recent law is just an example of how futile the effort is with regard to the legislative process. The comment that Bobby Jindal supposedly made a few years ago something like, “what else can we do to these sex offenders” just illustrates the mentality of politicians.
      Is there any data at all, to suggest that registrants are engaged in international travel to sexually abuse children? This is just ridiculous. I personally think that we are all just sheep, and we take whatever our government inflicts upon us. I wish that we would just target the registry itself in Federal court. In the 03 case, the Scotus decision was in part derived using faulty info. There is much more data to use now and the registry has led to almost unlivable conditions. How is the registry as now utilized not punishment? I wonder how many plea agreements would have been agreed upon by defendants had they known that the current registry is what they would be facing?
      Our country gives lip service to human rights and lectures the world while at the same time, executing citizens, some of whom have been innocent, torturing suspected terrorists, and oppressing registrants without any factual basis. What hypocrites!!

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      David Kennerly

      Indeed, had I known, nearly three decades ago, that my plea agreement which, at that time, included “sex offender registration”, (which I was assured by my attorney would be a relatively painless, once-a-year obligation with no further encumbrances) would come at such a horrendous cost in social marginalization and incapacitation (and internal exile), I would definitely have gone to jury trial.

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      Craig

      I agree Mike, when I took the plea I was told that when I got off probation ( by my attorney ) I would be free, many of these laws were not in place then. I agree that the registry or at least a good chance of deregistration should be in place instead of fighting all these new restrictions that are placed on us it seems yearly. When you are on probation or parole yes I get it, you have rules to follow but after that you should get your life back. I really do not see how our government, federal and state are allowed to keep doing this. I help with state groups and even RSOL and have for many years, but I just see more restrictions. WTH, everyone should get together and address the real issue, the registry.

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      G.R.L.

      I just casted my vote to OPPOSE this stupid bill!

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      JR

      I have decided that I am mailing my passport to Chris Smith’s office. He wants to control its use so greatly? He can have it.

      Chris Smith
      108 Lacey Rd,
      Whiting, NJ 08759
      (732) 350-2300

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      John Coffey

      Yes Sir Eeee, Janice is working hard including TODAY at the Oakland (CA) U.S. Courthouse and media was there!

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      Scotty M

      I am required to register as a Level 1 Offender (WA2013). I was wrongfully accused by a family member of inappropriately touching her breasts when she was 6 years old (1996). Thats when Everything spun out of control as I learned how our justice system handles defendants in these cases. I followed the rules. I completed and passed lengthy and humiliating sexual evaluations. I passed a polygraph. All of my children were interviewed. I was at 22 years of Honorable Military Service, and had spent the last 10 years recruiting High School Students for the Army. I coached kids baseball, girls volleyball, soccer. Spotless record and preparing for post service employment in the Private sector with six figure potential. Instead, I learned that County Prosecutors don’t drop sexual assault cases, even when there is no evidence. Its full on defense ($100K+) even for small cases. They put very little effort into a case unless it goes to trial (or if the victim has a record with no physical evidence). Able to drop their case at any time, they walk into court, ask for a 60 day extension and watch to see how much money you can spend. I took a plea, avoided 30 years in prison if convicted, for 6 months in county jail. Sound familiar? Its a popular move by the states to get a conviction no matter the facts and ADD TO THE REGISTRY. Seemed like a bargain.

      My point in writing this is not to profess my innocence, I’m past that. Rather to provide a picture of the reality of just being accused of touching a child brings. The public paranoia and ease of charge/conviction of these crimes is driven by state legislatures trying to look tough on crime. Every year, every state, every lawmaker, trying to look good on paper for their next promotion drives the price of human life into the ground by destroying families and potential recovery of both the innocent and the guilty with unneeded new laws. Creating more socio/economic problems than it solves.

      People want quick fixes to things they don’t understand. IML is a perfect example of that failed process. I will not be able to travel outside the United States as an American Citizen on vacation with my wife being required to pre-notify my destination government of my arrival. I am still unemployed for having a Class C Felony on my record now. The actual countries that I fought in during combat won’t even allow me out of the Airport. I AM WHO IML IS TARGETING AND IMPACTING. My constitutional rights, right to due process, the ability to even get to rebuild myself to a level of social and economical status I was at prior to these charges are seemingly impossible now. And Im the lucky one. I still have my wife, kids, and a roof over my head. Thus far my face isn’t plastered all over the internet for the muse of the world (as long as I don’t decide to move to another state or county of course). But after 4 years of being on a registry, Im feeling the effects. I have been forced to work under the table for cash, and have been unable to overcome the feeling that I am living in a cave, observing the world go by. I have systematically distanced myself from my lifetime friends to protect myself and my wife. I am fearful of the police, doctors, and neighbors. Everyday I worry that someone who knows me will discover my record. No voice, no opportunities, no recovery from the stigma of having your sense of belonging and self esteem stripped away, purposeless in your own community.

      Thank you for your brave work trying to restore dignity for thousands

      Hated Hero

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