A crime that you are guilty of because you are THINKING of doing something bad. (i.e. In 1984's Oceania, spending time alone is almost a crime because it's considered odd, and odd people are a threat to a stable environment such as theirs.)
also, see patriot act
. (i.e. when you check anarchist cookbook out from the library or something, the gov might have the right to go into your home and tap your phone and computer. And it's all perfectly legal since you might be a terrorist.)
like I said, patriot act.
Not agreeing with the government or mainstream society
yo Johnny was put in the slammer for thoughtcrime
A theoretical felony. The federally punishable act of thinking about unlawful acts, thinking of committing them, or having thoughts contrary to the will of the established government or relevant legal or social paradigm. An arrestable offense regardless of whether or not action has been taken towards the thought, even lacking traditional evidence of any kind of wrongdoing.
This idea is prevalent in the dystopian novel "1984," by british author George Orwell.
I'm glad Bush is out of office. I was sure I was going to get sent to Guantanomo for Thought Crimes.