Monday, December 26, 2005

Ohio moves to create a police state

Ohio governor Bob Taft is poised to sign new legislation that would allow police to resurrect one of the Gestapo's favorite phrases -- Show us your papers!

According to Channel 5 News in Cleveland:
The lengthy piece of legislation 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.
That's funny, I always thought that the first and fourth amendments amendments to the United States Constitution prohibited such abuses. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that the Republican-controlled legislature in Ohio would come up with something like this. After all, it was massive vote fraud by Republican officials in Ohio that resulted in Bush's "re-election" in 2004. If they weren't worried about stealing an election, it's not likely that they give a damn about the Constitution, either. To be fair, not all Ohio Republicans support this idea. For example, Rep. Ron Hood (R, Ashville) said:

I applaud efforts to go after terrorists, but let's not hurt the good guys in the process. I don't want to see these Gestapo tactics get a foothold in the United States, let alone here in Ohio.

And, it's the darndest thing, but the so-called liberal media hasn't exactly been all over this story. I wonder why not...


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