Today is the day

Monday, 22 March 2004

Later today the Supreme Court of the United States of America will hear the Supreme Court of Nevada case #38876; Larry D. Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal maybe. It renders to this.

Show me your identification.

The Supreme Court decides today if that phrase has legal power against the law abiding citizens of the USA. In most of the rest of the world, it does. They’re not free. We’re not either but we’ve been so and we’re still mostly free. For example, we’ve been free in the past to not respond to a demand of “Show me your papers.” All the German accents it connotes.

Today we find out if the USA is still special in this regard or if we all might as well be living in Sweden or Costa Rica because there’s not much fucking difference beyond the weather anymore.

A ruling in Hiibel’s case is expected by July.

And the loser is…

06/21/04 Today Anthony Kennedy, William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas decided US citizens do not enjoy a constitutional right to refuse to reveal their identity when requested by police.

Combined with the 1968 “Terry stop” ruling which decided that cops don’t need probable cause to detain you, cops now have the right to know who you are on the spot without any real reason whatsoever. This likely means—since IDs are easily forged or forgotten—cops will eventually be able to take DNA samples and fingerprints without a warrant too.

I’m very tired with my country today.

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