No, this is not from The Onion. A New York State legislator wants a terrorist registry to track where offenders live in his state. What could possibly go wrong?
ALBANY — Terrorists, beware! A New York lawmaker wants to make you register — just like sex offenders do.
Newly elected GOP Sen. Thomas Croci of Islip introduced legislation this week to create the “New York State Terrorist Registry” to track evildoers who have taken up residence in the Empire State. The registry, which would be accessible to the public on the Web, would be modeled after the one now used to track registered sex offenders living in New York and would require the terrorists.
“It will discourage terrorists worldwide from entering New York, require those already in New York to register and be monitored,” Croci told the Daily News. “Most importantly, it will provide our law enforcement with an important new tool, to immediately arrest a terrorist who has not registered and submitted to monitoring once their presence in New York State is discovered.”
Under Croci’s bill, anyone in New York convicted of a state or federal crime of terrorism or who has committed a “verifiable act” of terrorism would be included in the registry. Terrorists would have to report their addresses. They would also be required to submit DNA samples and annual photographs.
Democrats scoffed at Croci’s bill and gave it little chance of ever becoming law. Read on...
h/t Joshua Holland