There was a time in history where movement by people was regulated by paperwork, passes, or other means to determine how those moved freely. I remember growing up during the Cold War where I would often hear of Soviet people having to endure checkpoints of movement within their own country. While I have not heard of such practices continuing today, I do recognize that the United States doesn’t require paperwork or identity to move freely between state to state.
However, the sex offender registry has changed that perception of freedom quite significantly. Today the United States, thanks in part to how California law created this injustice of liberties, have implemented citizenship requirements due in part to the Adam Walsh and other registry related acts or laws.
Even if an individual was removed from the sex offender registry in his/her state, there would be citizenship requirements to visit, live, or pass through to another state. Each state, due to states rights legislation, have its own various laws in place. But rely heavily upon federal guidelines or policies creating a labyrinth of complexities to remain legal or in compliance. There are no passport checkpoints similar to the Soviet era in the United States. While the United States prides itself upon freedom and liberty, it has implemented with the assistance of the REAL ID act and other methods to create an electronic monitoring measurement to trigger when a person leaves one state to enter another.
To bring an additional arguement into the equation, we are witnessing U.S. Border Patrol agents no longer working the physical border and implementing pop-up check points hundreds of miles from the actual border. When will such checkpoints begin occurring for those affected by the registry? Perhaps we are already experiencing such methods? Such methods include random traffic stops, stop and frisk policies, Stingray monitoring use by law enforcement, facial recognition software, and of course social media meta tagging tracking our every move.
Americans exclaim they haven’t given up their liberties and rights. But at the click of a terms of service button those rights are given up forgiven. The checkpoints are discreet hidden but no different than those Soviet days we thought were barbaric and jeopardize freedom. However, those days are very relevant here in America. Turning the technology clock backwards is nearly impossible. Essentially, the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is in jeopardy or about to die altogether.
I am not suggesting a part of a conspiracy theory or implying that Americans are identical to Soviet days. I am suggesting that the blame of communism and socialism once loathed by American culture has become an normative part of our way of living. The sex offender registry is just the beginning of soviet based policies that we “think” is providing a network of safety. In fact, opening such a door of “false safety” measures allows us to chip away our liberties and freedoms each day we fail to address how such technologies and citizenship requirements truly affect our liberties.