Update June 1, 2011: Today Glenn Greenwald raised the same question with extremely compelling examples.
Jonathan Turley‘s blog points to a distressing trend, not only in the United States but in other countries as well: making any kind of undesirable activity a crime. http://jonathanturley.org/?s=criminalization He provides a multitude of examples almost all of which are in the US.
What do you think about this?
Is this only a subset of a larger problem: seeking a “system” solution to all problems, i.e. “If x happens it must mean that the y (government, corporations, special interests, etc. ad infinitum) malfunctioned and we should pass or amend a law to create criminal penalties for that if it happens again?” What if what happened has only happened once or some small number of times in the knowledge of anyone, layperson or expert? What if it is a one time event?
Are we asking government to be small, less intrusive and enforce criminal laws beyond measure?