A bill recently proposed by Representative Sensebrenner (R-WI) would require us to snitch on our friends/family/neighbors if they committed a drug-related crime "near the presence of a person under the age of 18". More info can be found at Freedom's Gate. Failure to comply triggers a mandatory minimum sentence.
This reminds me of another recent story from The Mutualist Blog, describing some state-school policies encouraging students to snitch on each other. Kevin Carson described how this hinders the development of trusting, caring communities.
This is appalling. The folk who come up with these ideas need to be severely reprimanded. Readers of the Harry Potter books know how to deal with sneaks.
I guess I have to add Rep. Sensebrenner to my list of would-be tyrants.