Wrongly Labeled a Sex Offender

originally posted 10/3/2011

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I was added to the sex offender registry because a prison caseworker in Ohio gave faulty instructions to the State of North Carolina when releasing me into the custody of NC for Parole Supervision. If I didn&#39;t comply they would have violated my parole and returned me to prison. The case in Ohio was not a qualifying case and I had never been registered in the State of Ohio, but this didn&#39;t matter to officials in NC. When they got this instruction they automatically added me, no questions asked. When I appealed to the NC Attorney General&#39;s office for a second opinion, they stated that the State of NC has its own sovereignty to decide who goes on the registry and whether my Ohio offense is &quot;substantially similar&quot; to the registerable offenses existing in NC law — apart from any suggestion or validation from Ohio authority. So they stood their ground, to defend the administrative error rather than to set a precedent of leniency toward an alleged sex offender.<br />
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I have lost career, girlfriends, places of residence, whole neighborhoods of friends-turned-haters, schoolmates, coworkers, bosses, freedoms of travel and association, freedom of speech, various constitutional rights, and most importantly of all, my faith in today&#39;s (per)version of American justice. But I have not lost faith in the FUTURE of America. We still preach the constitutional stuff that we&#39;ve quit practicing here. Eventually larger numbers of citizens will become alarmed at the erosion of this country&#39;s essential human rights, and it will become a hot-button for future elections. Just like the opposition to wars in the Middle East helped to propel Obama into office.<br />
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Nobody wants unrest, anarchy, open rebellion against the government. It will take many years — maybe many generations — to correct the major flaws in our system right now. Public loathing of sex offenders today is acceptable, like the early days in the Colonial South when slaves were seen as being literally less than fully human. We won&#39;t hear any polite rhetoric and flowery speeches about restoring sex offenders&#39; freedoms, in this generation. The best we can hope for is a renaissance of Constitutional reform; in the wake of such debacles as the War on Drugs, Guantanamo Bay, and the Dept of Homeland Security being invented with unprecedented powers to invade the privacy of our domestic lives. It is time for the pendulum of justice to swing the other way. Our current national emergency was not caused by the threat of terrorism. It was caused by the terror of unbridled nationalism. We must restore the TRUE soul of America, which bore the imprint of our forefathers&#39; great relief, upon finding themselves miraculously free from oppression in Europe.<br />
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And to effect these changes? We all can resolve to push abuses of government authority into the forefront of the national consciousness. Bring criminal charges against corrupt officials. Turn errant, power-hungry leaders into criminal defendants facing Federal court. Put them on the evening news, then make them yesterday&#39;s news. Make it unpopular and unacceptable for any elected official or anyone with a badge, to deliver penalties and punishments, just for the crime of standing here and drawing breath. We don&#39;t offend just by existing. We have the right to exist, and to be as free as anyone else under the laws of this land.<br />
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For the whole story on me, please visit my website at www.gregkendall.com and then SHARE the message of hope with all your friends and family. We are denied the power of social networks, but we still have email. Today. Use it quickly before they cut us off from that resource as well. And newspapers! If they cancel your internet connections, rush to place adverts in the classified section. Do whatever it takes, by all necessary means, to bring the change that this country REQUIRES for its own survival.<br />
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Because if America, this last great global Superpower, becomes known as a corrupt and bullying nation, a proponent of careless destruction and willful disregard for humanity… then the entire world will unite to bring us down.<br />
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&quot;The Registry&quot; has made our anguish all too public, too visible: Let us use this influence to shape public awareness, diverting the impact of our ignominy to a higher purpose. This is &quot;How the registry can save America&quot;, by forcing the realization that our country has finally gone too far for its own good. We have the public eye. We are the nation&#39;s most improbable source for moral and ethical guidance. So surprise everyone. Write your message to the world and press &quot;SEND&quot;.<br />
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Turning hate into hope,<br />
-Greg-</p>

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