Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent (Encounter Broadsides)

Author: Harvey A. Silverglate
All Hacker News 11


by etherael   2022-08-26
You sure you want to deprive anybody who has ever been allocated the tag "criminal" the right to private communications? You might want to think long and hard about the members of that class, and what fate they are subject to when they are laid bound at the feet of their prosecutors in the state, who were also the party responsible for defining who they are, sometimes for no offense more complex or voluntary than being born.

And then if that still doesn't dissuade you, you want to think again even from a position of pure self interest, because you are very likely technically a criminal yourself. (

Be very, very careful about handing power to the state, there's a reason they're the largest cause of non natural death in the past century, and it's not their innate benevolence.

by xenophonf   2020-02-24
It comes from this book about prosecutorial overreach:

It's not without its criticisms:

by easyfrag   2017-08-19
There's an interesting book that I've read about, but haven't picked up yet, called "Three Felonies A Day". It discusses the selective enforcement of vague statutes and the incredible number of said statutes.
by Zikes   2017-08-19
Exactly, and on top of that most people actually do have something to hide, whether they realize it or not.[1]

Even setting aside crimes, there's plenty of things that happen in peoples' day-to-day lives that the government has absolutely no business even being aware of. It's not hard to imagine that they could collect vast troves of information on a person and then that information can get misused in any number of ways by rogue employees or by the government itself.