Wednesday, November 19, 2008

KIDS Act of 2008 - More Inane Legislation /White House Press Secretary:

From Press Secretary Dana Perino:

On Monday, October 13, 2008, the President signed the following bills into law:

S. 431, the "Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2008" or the "KIDS Act of 2008," which requires: sex offenders to provide Internet identifiers, including e-mail addresses, to State sex offender registries; and tasks the Justice Department to establish and maintain a system that allows social networking websites to compare Internet identifiers of its users with those provided to the National Sex Offender Registry;

Here we go again! Another broadly applied federal law(with severe punishments) that recognizes no distinction between active pedophiles and all the other kinds of sex offenders there are, former or otherwise.

The two obvious problems with this inane legislation are:
1.) Anyone with common sense can recognize that a sex offender can register one email address with authorities and sign onto social networking sites using another email address. Most people use more than one email and local sheriff registry offices only document one email address of a sex offender.
2.) In Doe v. Shurtleff, 25 September 2008, a United States District Court Judge found Utah's law requiring sex offender disclosures of online identifiers as unconstitutional! (link)