Slipper slopes and crime

There are two opinions on the Washington Times that point out how good intentions can sometimes create rather dangerous unintended consequence as they get taken a bit too far. First is Shibley on Unwitting rapists and their oblivious victims at Duke. The second is Balko on how Paramilitary police don’t make us safer.

In the first, the definition of crime is being expanded to the point that a criminal may not even be aware of having committed a crime. That is because the perception is gaining the credibility of actual action.

The policy not only departs from state law and common sense when it comes to consent but also sets up procedures for sexual-misconduct hearings that differ from the procedures for every other offense. … Also remember that according to Duke, the purported victim doesn’t even have to think she (or he) was date-raped, because intoxication or “perceived power differentials” can make sex nonconsensual without either party knowing.

In the latter, the police have become more like the military and are expanding their capabilities and military style tactics to include even mundane police activity.

“Democracy means that when there’s a knock on the door at 3 a.m., it’s probably the milkman.” The idea is that free societies don’t send armed government agents dressed in black to raid the private homes of citizens

What gets interesting is that a SWAT team raid meets the Duke criteria for rape.

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