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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

HR 6392: Alerting Lives through Effective and Reliable Technological Systems (ALERTS) Act of 2008

Official Title

A bill to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to designate an agency within the Department of Homeland Security to modernize the integrated public alert and warning system of the United States to disseminate homeland security and other information, and for other purposes.


This bill would make it unlawful “to tamper or interfere with” components purchased with public funds, including homeland security grants, of the National Integrated Public Alert and Warning System that “are used or designed to deliver alerts and warnings.” Violations would be punishable by criminal fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years.

Legislation Details

Cuellar (D - TX)


06/26/2008: Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
06/26/2008: Introduced