Saturday, November 26, 2005

Papers please!

That 'please' is just for show. It doesn't really mean anything. I was under the impression that the Supreme Court ruled that police couldn't ask people to identify themselves unless they had probably cause to do so. Silly me. The Patriot Act apparently gives them the authority to do just that at any time. In effect, you must have proper documents to travel anywhere, not just on airlines. This is really a form of internal passport. If you want to use public streets, you better have ID, and you better be ready to show it on demand.

George Bush's version of America really sucks, unless you're part of that wealthiest 5% of the population.

Boing Boing

Woman charged for refusing to show ID on a public bus
By Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder: Bill Scannell says: "On the 9th of December 2005, a Denver woman is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court. Her crime: refusing to show ID on a public bus. At stake is nothing less than the right of Americans to travel freely in their own country.

"The woman who is fighting the good fight is named Deborah Davis. She's a 50 year-old mother of four who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Her kids are all grown-up: her middle son is a soldier fighting in Iraq.

"One morning in late September 2005, Deb was riding the public bus to work. She was minding her own business, reading a book and planning for work, when a security guard got on this public bus and demanded that every passenger show their ID. Deb, having done nothing wrong, declined. The guard called in federal cops, and she was arrested and charged with federal criminal misdemeanors after refusing to show ID on demand.

It's a FEDERAL offense to refuse to show ID to a security guard? Has our country gone barking mad?


Blogger hereNT said...

"Has our country gone barking mad?"

Um, yeah. Quite awhile ago. Just be glad that it's sane enough that you can find that story. It wouldn't be surprising to see that sensored for 'National Security' at all...

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