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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 08/22/2010

Marshals target D.C. sex offenders

By Washington Post Editors

The U.S. Marshals Service says it's cracking down on some of the most dangerous sex offenders in the nation's capital.

Deputy U.S. Marshal David Neumann, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals for D.C. Superior Court, says the agency is targeting the five most wanted sex offenders who have failed to register with authorities.

It's part of Project Sentinel/Operation Guardian that's under way throughout the country, with each Marshals district searching for the worst convicted, noncompliant sex offenders.
Neumann says there are about 750,000 convicted sex offenders in the United States, but about 125,000 have not registered. He says it's important to catch them to put victims at ease and protect families.

Those who are caught face more prosecution because of their failure to register.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | August 22, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
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This is how freedom ends. The government asserts its right to track and severely restrict an ever-growing set of groups.

First, this crazily large set of "registered sex offenders", already 750,000 strong. Who's on this list? In many cases, people who have been found guilty of public urination, or 18-year-olds guilty of having a 16-year-old girlfriend. Lives ruined by a modern-day witch-hunt (and a campaign-ad-driven American political system that rewards the candidate who's the biggest "tough on crime" braggart).

And there's more "lists" that the Government maintains, all of them getting bigger. Like the "no fly" list, which is secret, and for which there is no appeal process, but which already has hundreds of thousands of members -- all of which are allegedly too criminally dangerous to travel freely, but not criminal enough to actually arrest and try in a court of law.

In the short 20 years since the Soviet Union ended, the USA seems to be trying its damnedest to replace it.

Posted by: kcx7 | August 22, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps KCX7 you would not mind these low lives raping little boys and girls, me I say tag them and keep a close eye on them.

Posted by: humbertomisteroni | August 22, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Uh, kcx7, there are 280 million people in the United States. If 750,000 of them are on a sex offender list, that means that about 99.8% of the people in the United States are NOT on such list. Not a big threat to freedom and certainly not comparable to a dictatorship that had absolute control over the lives of its citizens.

And as for the "no fly" list, that's about 8,000 people, many of whom aren't Americans....and there are about 6.7 BILLION people in the world. I suspect most people would agree that limiting a certain number of freedoms for infinitesimally small percentages of people in the world is probably an okay price to pay to ensure our children aren't raped and terrorists don't crash planes into buildings filled with thousands of innocent people.

Posted by: Bob22003 | August 22, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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