The blind pig, the acorn, the ACLU
I need to thank Savage Republican (and a mutual friend) for this one.
He emailed me in a follow-up to my posting "And a pox on your Bill of Rights, I say" or "Papers please" below and let me know of an incident that has Federal ramifications.
Deborah Davis was on her way to work, minding her own business when in a scene out of "The Great Escape" a "security" agent (if ever an oxymoron, this is it) boarded the bus and proceeded to demand that every passenger show ID. Mrs. Davis, having done nothing wrong and a very typical American (even to having a son fighting in Iraq) refused to show ID. Federal agents were called in and she was arrested! And now faces federal charges.
Now, this raises a whole bunch of questions. I will assume that the bus is a government project. Where does a "security" guard get off asking for ID? Especially from all passengers and not suspecting anything? And since when are the Feds to have a say here? I have little or no doubt that there's a law that allows the Feds to intervene. After all, if it's illegal (federally) for me to sell and you to buy an orange that's 3 1/8 in. in diameter, why not this?
Read more here: www.papersplease.org/davis/
Oh, and do NOT give me the phrase "You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide." Any idea where that phrase came from? It was used by the Gestapo in Hitler's Germany.