American Law Extended to Include The Rest of the World

Published Saturday, October 08, 2011 -

Almost everyone knows how America feels about crime in their country, but now the world will try to understand how America deals with crimes in rest of the world. A new bill (HR 313) has been approved by the US House Judiciary Committee to amend the Controlled Substances Act. The amendment to the act will make it a crime for residents of the USA to talk about or plan while within the USA any unlawful act in other parts of the world that contravenes American laws even if the said act is lawful in the country where the act may take place.

Simply put the bill reads, Whoever, within the United States, conspires with one or more persons, or aids or abets one or more persons, regardless of where such other persons are located, to engage in conduct at any place outside the United States that would constitute a violation of this title if committed within the United States, shall be subject to the same penalties that would apply to such conduct if it were to occur within the United States.

US drug law reform advocate Bill Piper was quoted in the Huffington Post, reporting an example of how the bill could be applied. “If a young couple plans a wedding in Amsterdam, and … they plan to buy the bridal party some marijuana, they would be subject to prosecution.”

The bill was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith a Republican from Texas who is the current Judiciary Committee chairman who has strong views about online gambling, stating that internet gambling sites are “fronts for money laundering, drug trafficking and criminal organizations.”

The Controlled Substances Act reform could be just the tip of the legal nightmare which could soon include online gambling and internet censoring. A 2004 quote from an unknown Bush administration official in the New York Times Magazine, says a lot about American aspirations, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

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