3, 1995, at D1 ("'It sounds like a snitch line to me,' said Ron A.
Mainstream society's dissatisfaction with these programs, expressed in the harsh language of disloyalty, suggests discomfort with the snitch lines themselves, as well as the criminalization of the relatively minor offenses that they target.
Third, lawmakers should curtail the use of initiatives, often criticized as snitch lines, that encourage civilians to report minor crimes, and consider decriminalizing some minor regulatory-type offenses.
First, legislators and police should curtail programs, like snitch lines for water-use offenses, that encourage civilians to inform on those who commit minor violations.
Earlier this month, the White House unveiled a new section of its website called "Reality Check," which retails stale Obama talking points on healthcare and also included a snitch line for Obama supporters to inform the White House on opponents of Obamacare.
The obvious concern is that the new snitch line will enable the Obama administration to build an "enemies list," just as Richard Nixon did during his stay in the White House.
The problem with Obama's snitch line is that it violates the federal Privacy Act of 1974, which Congress passed in an attempt to avoid another Nixon-style "enemies list.