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How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today? (Hint: The Average American Commits Only 3)

 
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How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today? (Hint: The Average American Commits Only 3)
Or at least that's the premise of the book, "Three Felonies A Day" by Harvey Silverglate and Alan Dershowitz.

From Amazon: "The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior. "

[link to www.amazon.com]

I used to work for a state environmental agency. The rules were enormously complex, especially the hazardous and solid waste rules. One of the complaints from the "regulated community" was that there was no consistency from one office to another in how the rules were interpreted and applied because even the agency staff didn't understand their own regulations. Nor did they understand the regulations of other state and federal agencies - we were fined by OSHA for non-compliance with workplace regs.

The bottom line is that we are drowning in idiotic laws, rules, and regulations and it is by the design of our politicians, all of whom commit at LEAST 3 felonies a day, but exempt themselves from the mess they've created.
"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." - T. Jefferson
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Re: How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today? (Hint: The Average American Commits Only 3)
For a little light reading, and just to see how much trouble we've allowed our Nazi legislators to create for us, visit Harvey Silverglate's page.

[link to www.threefeloniesaday.com]

Here's a sample:

False Statements to a Federal Official
Hypothetical: You and your family are spending the day in a national park. After a few miles of hiking, you decide it’s time for a lunch break. You eat, finish, and throw away your trash. Your son, however, isn’t so careful – he leaves behind a few leftover items from his meal. As you leave your picnic area, a park ranger asks if you or your family has left trash in the area. You tell him that you’ve cleaned up after yourself. You have just committed an arguable federal felony: False Statements to a Federal Official. Any false statement made to a government official – even when it is made in conversation and not under oath nor in writing – can leave a citizen vulnerable to a “false statement” charge.


Real-life example: Consider the case of Emadeddin Muntasser, a Massachusetts man (and one-time client of Harvey Silverglate) whom the feds suspected of having terrorist ties. When a federal judge tossed out charges claiming that Muntasser’s charity organization was linked to terrorist activity, the government was left with only a “false statements” charge. This was based on a single FBI interview in which Muntasser supposedly lied about his travel activity. A close examination of the transcript revealed that, when he voluntarily agreed to be questioned by two FBI agents, he had initially denied travelling to Afghanistan, but then immediately “requested to consult with an attorney” and asked interrogators to “not pursue the issue of travel to Afghanistan.” To any reasonable person, this would signify that Muntasser was not purposefully trying to deceive interrogators, but rather had doubts about his original answer and felt he needed advice from legal counsel. Nonetheless, he was convicted on this single count of “false statements,” which he has appealed. The text of the statute makes a false statement to any federal official—whether it is a park ranger or FBI interrogator—a federal crime. And the definition of “false” is often very strained and contrary to common sense, as in the Muntasser case.
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04/01/2014 02:17 PM
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Re: How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today? (Hint: The Average American Commits Only 3)
is it a felony to lick a dogs asshole? cuz i know he op does that more than 3 times a day.

if each lick is a felony the op committed a few hundred felonies today.
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Do you have an IQ of 70 or is it less? What would even prompt you to post such a stupid damn statement? You are clearly an idiot.
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Re: How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today? (Hint: The Average American Commits Only 3)
is it a felony to lick a dogs asshole? cuz i know he op does that more than 3 times a day.

if each lick is a felony the op committed a few hundred felonies today.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 56315646


Do you have an IQ of 70 or is it less? What would even prompt you to post such a stupid damn statement? You are clearly an idiot.
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Typical GLP retard smh. An IQ of 70 is being too generous
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Re: How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today? (Hint: The Average American Commits Only 3)
is it a felony to lick a dogs asshole? cuz i know he op does that more than 3 times a day.

if each lick is a felony the op committed a few hundred felonies today.
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Do you have an IQ of 70 or is it less? What would even prompt you to post such a stupid damn statement? You are clearly an idiot.
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the point? the point is the government is overreaching, it has no right to tell me i cannot pleasure my dogs anus.
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Re: How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today? (Hint: The Average American Commits Only 3)
is it a felony to lick a dogs asshole? cuz i know he op does that more than 3 times a day.

if each lick is a felony the op committed a few hundred felonies today.
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What the hell is your problem? You got a guilty conscious?
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Re: How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today? (Hint: The Average American Commits Only 3)
None that I know of.

Only a few misdemeanors.

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