Saturday, January 12, 2013

TX - Bill May Force Sex Offenders to Identify Themselves Online

Original Article

Maybe someone in Texas, via the Freedom of Information Act, get the names, addresses and photos of all those in congress, and post their personal information online? Kind of like the news media did in New York to gun owners.


By Omar Villafranca

A new bill in the Texas Legislature would force sex offenders to identify themselves on social networking sites.

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, said he is pushing House Bill 23 (PDF) in part because social media sites such as Facebook aren't doing their jobs.
- It's not their job to force people to divulge their past crimes!

"When you become a member of Facebook, you agree to the terms and conditions, and one of the terms and conditions now is that you cannot be a sex offender, a convicted sex offender," he said. "Now, of course, it's not enforced and so now this is being left up to other states to make sure we have enforcement mechanisms."

If passed, the measure would make certain sex offenders who still have Internet access privileges put specific information in their profile. The information would include identifying themselves as a sex offender, the type of offense and where the offense took place, as well as the offenders' full name, date of birth, sex, race, height, weight, eye color and hair color. The offender's current address or where they hope to live would also have to be included.
- So he claims Facebook is not doing their "job" by kicking people off the site, so instead of coming up with an unconstitutional law to force Facebook to obey their own terms of service, he just wants to name and shame them online?

"In this day of the Internet, we are doing so much more online, and we need to make sure we're being pretty vigilant about who we're communicating with," Fischer said.
- Yes you do, but that doesn't mean stomping on someone's rights because you are not doing your job and being vigilant about who you talk to.  What a hypocrite!

The bill doesn't include any specifics on who would enforce the bill should it become law. A spokesman for Fischer said while offenders do have to register with local law enforcement and DPS, exactly who would enforce the measure will be decided in the legislative process.


SOIssues said...

So let me get this straight. He claims Facebook is not doing their "job" by kicking off all known ex-sex offenders, and instead of making a law to force Facebook to kick people off, which is unconstitutional, he just wants to name and shame them online because HE and others are NOT DOING THEIR JOBS and being vigilante about whom they talk to online? Hmm, sounds like someone is lazy and wants someone else to do it for them, instead of them taking control of their own life.

It's politicians like this, who are just exploiting ex-sex offenders, children and fear, IMO, for their own personal gain, to make themselves look like they are actually doing something.

This is just forcing someone to walk around with a Scarlet Letter on themselves, and the online registry is nothing more than an online hit-list.

Why don't we just make all citizens of the USSA post all their personal information online? I wonder what skeletons he has in his closet?

deathklok said...

This indeed is the true spirit of "The Scarlet Letter". Demanding that registrants parade themselves in a public format with the declaration that they are Sex Offenders. If he is concerned with protecting people as he claims than he will obviously draw up a penalty system for trolls who use this open opportunity to threaten and harass any law abiding registrant who is forced to conform to this well intended proposal.

deathklok said...

I wonder what the penalty is if you lie about your weight?

nathan rabalais said...

Seems like when one state wants to improve this law by cutting a few things here and there another state tries to pick it up as there own and make it there own