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Papers Please.. redux Monday, December 26, 2005

As those who read my various post may note, I often look at the theme of "Papers Please". This refers to the Nazi Germany and then later Soviet Union, where you had tp provide ID at any request and were monitored at all times. In yet another example of what I view as the 'Papers Please' syndrom, we now have the following report:


A new piece of Legislation called "The Ohio Patriot Act", would let police arrest people in public places who will not give their names, address and birth dates, even if they are not doing anything wrong.. I live across the border and have periodically made visits or pass thru Ohio to visit family further north. If I am driving in whats seems an impared manner, it is reasonable for Law Enforcement Officers to insure that I have a valid drivers license. However, if I stop in a rest area to use the restroom, then requiring me to provide information is in my understanding intruding on my rights. Now, from my limited reading here, it does not indicate what means will be used to verify what ever information is provided.

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't 'Public Places" by the very words, a place that belongs to all of us. It is resonable if I am in a business or industrial site, to provide reason to be there and proof of permission. But the Public Restrooms are 'Owned' by us all. the article states that even if passed, it will most likely be challenged. That it even is permitted to pass, says that much is already wrong with America and the Rights of it's Citizens.

One wonders how long and how often such legislation will occur, before it slips thru quietly. And once it has, those who oppose or start to protest it will have officers standing quietly to the side that step forward ready to arrest those who protest. What will you do when they step up to you with hand on gun and other extended softly asking..'Papers please..."

posted by Greymagius @ 12:09 AM

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