3.01.2005

John Gilmore: Angry Libertarian

Okay, he's not really angry, but he's one hell of a Libertarian. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a good story on Gilmore's struggle to get some really basic questions answered about travel restrictions in this country. Questions like, "What law requires me to show ID before I get on the plane?"

The gate agent asked for his ID.

Gilmore asked her why.

It is the law, she said.

Gilmore asked to see the law.

Nobody could produce a copy. To date, nobody has. The regulation that mandates ID at airports is "Sensitive Security Information." The law, as it turns out, is unavailable for inspection


That's right, we have to obey a law that we can't even read. Truly, the mind boggles at how our country has turned into a Kafka novel.

You're probably thinking, "Hey, what's the big deal? It's for our security, isn't it?" It turns out that the magical secret laws have some other pretty bizarro consequences beyond just keeping hippie Libertarians stuck in San Francisco.

The government has been so unyielding on disclosure that men with the name David Nelson suddenly found themselves ejected from flights. Somewhere in the system, the name came up on the newly created "No Fly" list. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., found himself in the same dilemma. When baggage screeners were caught pilfering, prosecutions were dropped because a trial would require a discussion of "Sensitive Security Information."


That's right, TSA baggage screeners who stole from unsuspecting airline passengers were not prosecuted for their crimes because of this stupid secrecy bullshit. WTF?

John Gilmore, we salute you.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...freedom fighter...

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the angry hippie said...

john gilmore: old-school computer geek / antagonist for freedom.

if the angry hippie had heroes, john gilmore would be at the top of the list.