a non-violent, non-destructive crime you can do 

✅ find a really old TV with a UHF dial
✅ attach antenna
✅ browse around UHF channels 80-84
✅ stop when you hear one-to-three-second snippets of people talking
✅ tell a buddy what you heard

Congratulations! You just intercepted and disclosed an electronic communication, 18 U.S. Code § 2511, a felony w/5 years max imprisonment.

So many actions are felonies. So many are non-violent. Many can legitimately be done by mistake.

I bet you've committed multiple felonies without realizing it. You just didn't inconvenience anyone.

Support voting rights for felons. Support hiring former felons. You almost certainly are an unconvicted felon.

Please boost the example along with the statement. It's an important example of how easily and unknowingly Joe, Jane, or Jet Q. Public can commit a "serious" crime.

@thraeryn “unconvinced felon”, I like that :)

I use a similar argument when my “outlaw” acquaintances blame immigrants for their hardship “well, they *did* break the law...”.

You probably broke more laws than they did on your way to the saloon, bub.


Also, if a changing of the law would still have someone griping and frustrated, then it's not like they're exactly fighting for The American Way over here.

Those frequencies, in the US, were part of a second(? I think?) wave of blocks opened for cellular phone communication. TV wasn't digital yet, but had mostly either gone to cable or stuck down in the VHF range. The FCC had no problem selling off the tippy-top of the UHF range.

Yeah, an event I attend somewhat regularly runs an FM radio station for five days in Middle of Nowhere, TX each year. They chose a frequency no local station uses, the range is limited, and as far as I'm aware no one ever bothers them about it.

They're breaking the law, and the law is always enforced on a discretionary basis. Anyone COULD face conviction on a given day, if they angered the wrong official.

@thraeryn way I see it, if we're gonna have this many felons, we need a path for them to re-enter life.

@thraeryn Along similar lines, this is part of why one should never talk to the cops: The law is so complicated at this point that nobody can know for sure what actions they've taken that are punishable by law beyond the *really* obvious ones.

a non-violent, non-destructive crime you can do 

@thraeryn how to gay: a tutorial

a non-violent, non-destructive crime you can do 

I did feel it was a good crime to put out there for pride month. 👍🏼 Though it doesn't inherently support any agenda, it's one you and a whole room of your buddies can get away with.

a non-violent, non-destructive crime you can do 

Shit exactly like this—trivial, of little consequence to anyone—is absolutely used to increase prison time for single offenses.

Did you piss someone off in a way that the legal punishment can only go so far? Get the list of trivial felonies, boys! Someone opened a buddy's mail!

a non-violent, non-destructive crime you can do 

I would love to hear your own answer to that question after some research.

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