Inchoate offense

in⋅cho⋅ate

–adjective
1. not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
2. just begun; incipient.
3. not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.

There is a curious idea in American Law of the Inchoate offense . This is the crime of preparing to commit another crime. Please note, this is a crime of the mind. Some acts are criminal because you might, or might not, actually do harm in the future. Think about that for a moment and then think about picking up potential terrorists and locking them up forever. I hope you see how one horrible, but accepted, area of the law leads to other, more terrible, abuses.

Remember, if you support the governmental goring of the other man’s ox; your ox is also at risk.

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