|Fred W. Thiele, Jr.|
See the quote at the top of our blog! Bypassing their oaths of office and the Constitution for temporary (false) safety, and to help their careers?
Southampton - Living in an information age with technology evolving faster than ever, we face new challenges every day in keeping our children safe. While the Internet provides numerous entertainment and educational benefits, it can also lead unsuspecting users into a dangerous trap. That's why I supported the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP, PDF), which, since its passage three years ago, has helped remove more than 24,000 accounts and online profiles linked to registered sex offenders (Ch. 67 of 2008).
- Yes, removed indiscriminately, without due process of law, but simply based on the label "sex offender!" Treating all people wearing this modern day Scarlett letter as if they are all child molesting, pedophile predators just waiting to pounce on someone's child. The Nazi's did that as well!
It can be very difficult for a child or teen to realize the threat posed by sex offenders masking their true identity online. Since the passage of e-STOP, strict online regulations, including prohibiting certain sex offenders from accessing social networking websites and communicating with minors, have helped protect thousands of children who access the web each day.
- And how easy, even with this law, would it be for someone to fake their identity, and do they same? Very easy! So again, it's just a placebo to pacify the sheeple, and to help themselves look "tough!"
The popularity of social networking sites has resulted in the creation of millions of online personalized profiles that allow users to connect and interact with their friends. But, unfortunately, without the proper safeguards (Big Brother), these sites also allow online predators to easily shield their true identities to make unwanted sexual advances on our children. With e-STOP in place, more than two dozen social networking companies receive a list of updated sex offender information from law enforcement (This proves the registry is not sufficient!) every week to identify predators and remove them from their websites. These companies also alert law enforcement to potential sex offenders on their sites. Already, e-STOP has shown that with full cooperation of law enforcement (Big Brother) and social networking companies, thousands of unsafe accounts can be removed, keeping our children out of harm's way.
- What makes them "unsafe?" A label? Again, not all sex offenders used social networks to commit a crime, and not all are child molesters looking for victims either.
New York was the first state in the nation to pass such stringent regulations prohibiting registered sex offenders from using social networking sites to prey on young teens and children (So are they really "preying" on children, or is this just the usual hysteria? I think the latter!). Under e-STOP, sex offenders are mandated to register and keep up-to-date on all current email accounts, screen names and any other form of Internet profiles with law enforcement. By monitoring sex offenders' web use, law enforcement has helped remove offender profiles from social networking sites and eliminate the threat they pose in the online community.
- Is this for all sex offenders, those on and off probation/parole? If it's for those off probation/parole, then it's unconstitutional and a violations of privacy, illegal search and seizure, etc. But again, the Constitution is not worth the paper and ink it's written with, so Big Brother can do anything they wish.
The Internet is a wonderful tool for communication and learning, but without online protection, sex offenders have too many opportunities to reach our children (If they are actually doing that! And so can hackers, identity thieves, terrorists, etc, but they are okay?). As a supporter of e-STOP, I understand the importance of strengthening our laws to protect families around the state from dangerous online predators.
And our comments posted to the article, which probably won't be published, since they don't want opposing opinions.
"Yes, and it's violating people's rights and if the Constitution meant anything anymore, it would be declared unconstitutional. You all took an oath to defend the constitution, which you are not doing.
Not all sex offenders are using Social Networks to look for victims.
More and more people, including politicians, are using Facebook, MySpace, etc, and you are now removing them the right to voice their opinions on the draconian laws."