“…every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States … shall register with the Secretary of State.”
And, as if to add insult to injury, there is a $5 fee for the registration.
At first glance, your average citizen will think that this bill is some sort of barrier of protection against foreign terrorists or heavily armed radical militia members. But think about this: isn’t the aim of EVERY political organization to control, conduct or seize the government? Isn’t the government supposed to be controlled and conducted by each and every citizen? In effect, this is not a law to track supposed terrorists (would a REAL terrorist actually register with the government?) but is a blatant attempt to chill free speech and political activism.
According to Section 23-29-20 a subversive organization is defined
“Subversive organization” means every corporation, society, association, camp, group, bund, political party, assembly, body or organization, composed of two or more persons, which directly or indirectly advocates, advises, teaches or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States, of this State or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence or other unlawful means…”
This section, meant to reassure one that those who work within the “law” will not be held accountable to this bill only tell me (from past experience studying other laws with similar verbiage like the Patriot Act or the John Warner Defense Authorization Act among others) that this statue will be selectively enforced but whomever is in power at the moment and will allow for law enforcement to have yet another law that they can abuse to trump up charges in order to search, detain, or arrest a citizen. Sure, call me overly sensitive, but what true freedom loving democracy keeps it’s protestors in “Free Speech Zones”, and infiltrates and arrests peaceful protest groups under the guise of searching out terrorism? Besides us and the U.K., that is.
Either S.C.’s politicos have an IQ equal to my shoe size or they think that of their constituency.
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