WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday offered legislative language that would "automatically" punish family members of people who violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, levying sentences of up to 20 years in prison.
The provision was introduced as an amendment to the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013, which lays out strong penalties for people who violate human rights, engage in censorship, or commit other abuses associated with the Iranian government.
Cotton also seeks to punish any family member of those people, "to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree, "including, "parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids," Cotton said.
The Gadfly will translate: basically what the good Republican Congressman is proposing is that if any American is convicted of violating the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013, then that conviction automatically extends to the offender's "parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids," innocence and constitutional due process of law be damned.
The Nazis called it "Sippenhaft:"
Sippenhaft was a legalized practice in which relatives of persons accused of crimes against the state were held to share the responsibility for those crimes and subject to arrest and sometimes execution. Many people who had committed no crimes were arrested and punished under Sippenhaft laws introduced after the failed 20 July plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sippenhaft
The Gadfly, sadly, is not astonished in the least that it just so happens to be a far right, conservative Republican attempting to resurrect an insidious law that was borne of one of the most hideous and murderous political regimes in human history.
God help America if these bastard, right wing lunatics ever gain complete political power in this country.