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originally posted by: Aazadan
Precrime has been a thing in the US for a long time. To commit a crime you need to have a victim or atleast a law that's broken. However, if a crime can be labeled as a terrorist act law enforcement is allowed to arrest and prosecute you based on what they believe you would do in the future not what you've actually done. You can thank the NDAA for that one.
In addition to this we have had criminal conspiracy laws for a very long time now. The whole purpose behind those laws is so that if a person isn't acting alone law enforcement can intervene, and then charge and sentence you as if you actually committed the crime.