By Voice . . .
It started with a tragic moment. The horrific actions against and slaying of Megan Kanka in 1994. Prior to this year most sexual offenders were only required to do some kind of self reporting to either local jurisdictions pursuant to individual rules or a supervising authority pursuant to its rules. In the case of Megan a sexual offender named Jesse Timmendequas was no longer on supervision and committed his heinous acts relatively without notice until it was too late. He was able to get close to the family, groom Megan, and commit the ground zero of horrifying crimes. His actions would spawn a movement that would lead to one of the most contentious, litigated, and often damaging legal protection schemes every conceived. But is there more to the story? This writer believes there is. In fact I believe that what I think I have pieced together is not only one of the most compelling reasons ever to abolish the registry but might also be evidence of something bigger.
Around 1994 Megan Kanka wasn’t the only child to fall victim to a depraved individual who had slipped through the legal cracks. Jacob Weterling was another. In a time when these two cases were gaining a great deal of national attention it was becoming a rather hot button issue. So, a new Jersey representative named Paul Kramer sponsored a multi part bill that would later become the New Jersey Megan’s Law bill. This was then moved to the national level in 1996 which was a time when Newt Gingrich presided over the House and Trent Lott was majority leader in the senate. This is important in a moment.
First, before I continue I know that some of the facts are over simplified and may have some holes here. Those oversimplifications and holes if filled would strengthen my argument here but for the sake of easier typing I omit them. They do not detract from the main thread in any way if omitted.
If you perform a Google search you might be shocked to note all 3 political players in this dance of doom are of a Republican background. Not surprising. In the 90s a tough on crime approach was extremely electable. So much so that it was employed by the Clinton’s in Bill Clinton’s many actions in office. Not surprising is that in the same years that Megan’s law is breathed into life by 3 strong willed and dedicated Republicans their single political rival in the white house is impeached for a sexual crime. This doesn’t say that Bill Clinton didn’t do what he was accused and found guilty of. But it says a lot about the thunderstorm that was at play. Was this new sensational movement perhaps a political play thing? Time would tell.
It turns out to be far worse from what I am currently gathering.
Lets look at the events of 2006. John Walsh enters the fray. A long time Donald Trump friend and heavy Trump supporter. Notable because he put his entire financial and career into getting passed SORNA and the Walsh Act. These are complex laws but they essentially solidify the registries of all states under a very harsh set of sanctions if a state does not adopt them. Laws that solidly nail down the registry and more specifically keep people on it as long as possible.
Both Trent Lott and Newt Gingrich who both would have been keys to the puzzle of getting Megan’s Law passed are not just Republicans but both do not support any impeachment attempts against Donald Trump but also support Trump and have made numerous comments that seem to suggest that if he were to return to office they would back him. These two individuals had no issues impeaching Bill Clinton for his sexual escapades in the oval office, but refuse to Impeach Trump for not just the crimes of consorting with our enemies, but also making bribes and deals in exchange for political favors, and conspiring to overthrow the US Government via the Jan 6, Insurrection. This is interesting because of one group, Q Anon.
For anyone who has been living under a rock lately. Q Anon is a group devoted to hunting pedophiles. They were formed on a website called 4chan and spread rapidly across the country as a far right Republican backed group dedicated to removing what they see as high level Democrat pedophiles in political offices, Hollywood, and the media. As well as hunting local pedophiles down using things like the sexual offender registry (everyone gasps). I find this interesting. Very interesting in fact because they so strongly back Donald Trump and insist on him being in office. The same Donald Trump backed by the framers of the registry that lets these individuals track and sometimes hunt down anyone who is a high level sexual offender. In fact from an elaborate google search some of the most notable people on the registry currently or who will appear there soon, are prosecuted and often even convicted by judges, lawyers, and district attorneys with ties to the Right wing portion of the Republican party and in many cases I am finding are never ones to denounce the behaviors of groups like Q Anon. I would even go so far in some cases to assert that some of them are big fans of Q Anon. From what I am seeing. Keeping in mind, any judge, lawyer, DA etc must keep a relatively low profile on social media. There is still lots and lots to be found. It took many days and hours.
It is hard to miss this coincidence. Indeed this may in fact be all reaching. I know that you can get into a rabbit hole a mile deep before you realize that you are in it at all. I know that you can look at the information and note that some of the key players were just trying to help children. But I wonder if that is just the lie that was fed to all of us. Because lets face it, does the registry do that?
The answer is a completely flat no. In fact no major study (there have been thousands) has every confirmed that the registry has made a notable elimination of any hazards to young persons from the actions of anyone who is a sexual offender. With or without the registry it is completely on the person to not offend.
The registry is nothing more then an address book of people who have been marked as undesirable to hire, undesirable to live near, and unfit to remain in private.
No empirical evidence exists to show that the registry justifies the money invested, the time spent, or the privacy violation and enhanced danger it brings about. In fact several website ranking tools that are able to get passed the registries noteworthy bot blockers will tell you flatly that website traffic to the registry tanks to a very low number from time to time and you can actually line that up with (get this, ready to smile?) strongly conservative news networks who do a “local” story on the 5 o-clock news about viewing the registry to “protect” your loved ones. We have all seen this sort of story. it makes no sense. But look at the website traffic reading and compare the dates. Its like a clock. Its very odd indeed. The registry will then see a traffic spike in that area or state and for a while will pick up as a social topic in a wide range of circles. This keeps the magic of the spell alive.
If we really do live in a society that is now awake again and aware of the danger that we allowed into our political offices why dont we look at this again? Why dont we consider abolishing it? Why do we continue to allow something that costs so much money, violates so many peoples rights, and doesn’t even do what it claims to do at face value?
The easy answer? Because the money runs too deep…. is this truly a registry for the people? Or is it something more sinister for people operating just out of sight? Someone in an authority position really needs to look at this. If the registry did all it claims to do and is free of political shenanigans then it should be police only and not as restrictive. Anything else from that….I am calling bs.