Your papers, please, citizen

July 18th, 2002 – 10:13 pm
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“‘United States courts have recognized for more than a century that honest citizens have the right to travel throughout America without government restrictions. Some people say that everything changed on 9/11, but patriots have stood by our Constitution through centuries of conflict and uncertainty. Any government that tracks its citizens’ movements and associations, or restricts their travel using secret decrees, is violating that Constitution,’ said Gilmore. ‘With this case, I hope to redirect government anti-terrorism efforts away from intrusive yet useless measures such as ID checks, confiscation of tweezers, and database surveillance of every traveler’s life.’”

John Gilmore, a civil libertarian who maintains the excellent Cryptome repository of interesting information the government might rather you not read, has filed a suit in U.S. District Court which contends that the secret government rule which requires air travellers to show ID is unconstitutional. Read more about it here.

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