Want to Overthrow the Government? $5 Please

Jill Harness

Anyone who lives in South Carolina and considers themselves to be a subversive or terrorist is now legally required to register with the South Carolina Secretary of State for a $5 fee. If you are caught planning to overthrow the government without having registered, you could face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail. It seems strange though, given the fact that attempting to overthrow the government is considered treason, which is punishable by death. After all, what is another 10 years in prison going to matter to someone scheduled to die?

Of course, it's uncertain whether the many subversive militias located in the state meet the requirements for this bill, or if it only applies to Islamic terrorist threats.

The law, called "bureaucracy for terrorists" by local news blog FitsNews, seems just as silly as those in Arizona and other states that demand drug dealers pay income taxes on their sales. Essentially, the laws punish the criminals even further because they didn't tell the government they were criminals to start with.

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