The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Now note the “Legal Definition” of Slavery!
“Slavery”; A civil relationship in which one person has absolute power over the life, fortune, and liberty of another.
Make a note of the emphasis that it is purely a “Civil Relationship”, not punitive. Now the Registry is continually presented as a Civil Relationship or Scheme and not Punishment.
The Registry has given the State total power over our lives controlling everything from where we live to our family lives. Our fortunes, the Registry has deprived those of us who once had good jobs and standing in the community to poverty and exile, and those trying to build lives any opportunity to fortune or social standing. And Liberty need no explanation at all, just try to move or travel anywhere without telling the state or asking permission.
I think for some, the definition of “Slave” fits all to well….all to well….
The thing is that there are two amendments that are in play here. The 13th amendment banning slavery and involuntary servitude and the eighth amendment that bans cruel and unusual punishment. So even if a person is able to be considered a slave or in an involuntary servitude. The eighth amendment stops them from being mistreated and if I’m correct, the 13th amendment applies to people only while they are serving their term of their incarcerated sentence . In other words, they have their freedom temporarily removed, but that does not carry on after the term of punishment is completed.
unless of course you’re a registered citizen
I read another interesting article on this topic and decided it needed to be add here as I really think this might hold some water for us….not John McAfee’s take on this and his attorneys.
Anyone else see the similarity.
“…Two essential elements of involuntary servitude are involuntarines s, which is compulsion to act against one’s will, and servitude, which is some form of labor for another.”
Involuntariness, which is compulsion to act against one’s will……Registration, live and work when and where they approve. Only socialize where they approve. I don’t think anyone of us does this voluntarily! It is done clearly against our will and under threat of lost of Life (to die in prison), Liberty (to die in prison) and/or the loss of pursuit of happiness. (I don’t think anyone on the Registry is Happy.)
Servitude, which is some form of labor for another….You must present yourself before the authorities, you must update your information with the authorities, you must do everything and all this to protect society which is the Government Job, not yours. You must Police yourselves and do as you are COMPELLED to do by law to stay out of jail/prison. Any of that my friends is a Labor we all lose sleep over.