Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

Author: Harvey Silverglate
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by podcastman   2018-03-19

The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how...

by dyslexda   2017-12-06

Ever hear of the concept of three felonies a day? Everybody commits crimes without even realizing it, given how complex the legal code is. The more complex your personal life (the higher up you are in a company, the more political power you have in Washington, etc), the more likely you are to have been to have unknowingly broken the law. Give me a legal team and broad authority to requisition documents, and I could find laws you broke. Or laws that Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Barack Obama, or George Bush, or Bernie Sanders, or Gary Johnson, etc broke.

I'm not excusing Manafort. I'm saying I don't like the precedence of an investigation on Trump's campaign leading to arrests for crimes committed well before Trump's campaign. But that's apparently far too nuanced of a viewpoint, and I'm obviously a Republican shill. Oops.

by andpassword   2017-12-06

Start here .

by redpillbanana   2017-12-06

Good post. If you're reading TRP, you're already taken at least the first step breaking the rules.

I'll throw in my 3 cents.

First penny:

>Don't play by Goliaths rules. Those rules arent real and they are in place to ensure that you fail.

Goliath's rules aren't necessarily put in place to ensure you fail, but they will ensure that:

  1. You serve Goliath
  2. You never surpass Goliath

Second penny:

Given the point below of breaking the rules but not the laws, I'd go one step further: go ahead and break the laws as long as you know what you're doing. After all, many laws are just arbitrary and meaningless rules that are enforced by the state. An example: frickin' oral sex was against the law in many states until 2003. You read that right: there were laws against oral sex in the 21st century. Again, I should emphasize that you should know what you are doing. Know the risks and penalties that come with breaking the law. Related: you're probably already breaking the law multiple times per day as outlined in the book Three Felonies A Day .

Third penny:

Related to the last point of knowing the laws: master the rules before you break them. Know what the rules are, why they are in place, what the consequences are if you're caught breaking them, and how to break them to your benefit. Don't be an idiot and just break rules willy-nilly. In other words, follow the rules until you know how to break them.

by sysiphean   2017-08-19

> One hundred percent of them are law breakers.

Then again, so are 100% of citizens , thanks to the complex nature of our system of laws.

Now, if you want to talk about criminals, meaning those who break criminal laws instead of civil laws, then it turns out that immigrants are statistically more law abiding than immigrants. Illegal immigration is a violation of civil, not criminal, law.

by TeardropsFromHell   2017-08-19

by etherael   2017-08-19

> Incorrect, I understand cryptography and how it is used in Bitcoin very well. You would be served well by stopping to assume things.

I've read your history, this is flatly false. I encourage anyone else reading this conversation on the sidelines to do the same, this person has no idea how cryptography works and has continuously stated that the state has the power to pass laws that will in some way warp the material of reality such that those who wish to perform cryptographic operations are somehow no longer able to, because they're now "criminals" in having done so. As if this matters, and as if all his countrymen are not already at any rate .

> the rest would simply be criminals

Like this.

Please, baghold those government bonds right into the dirt, your misery will amuse me when the turn comes.

> Stopping Bitcoin use does not require cracking cryptography at all, only identifying users.

Which requires breaking cryptography to those that do not wish to identify themselves.

by Adsterbail   2017-08-19



by ThreeTimesUp   2017-08-19

> You assume wrong.

Perhaps you should take a look at Three Felonies A Day before you make any further claims as to your own 'felony free' personal conduct.

It's even readable from as high up as that sanctimonious horse you're on.