Freedom to Travel
Although my willingness to show support for freedom would normally trump my aversion to attire “suitable for court”, I was unable to attend the hearing this morning at SF’s Ninth Circuit Court.
Local boy, Sun co-founder, and staunch civil libertarian John Gilmore was there trying to stop the police state now in affect at the airports. Tim Cavanaugh shares his impression of how it went. Be warned that it isn’t particularly cheery.
Someone with understanding of our legal system once remarked “You may be right, but you’re not necessarily the right one [to challenge the law.]” The first to challenge a law sets the precedent. If it isn’t done right the first time, then we’re usually stuck with the much more arduous legislative route to change. Not a promising situation, since that branch is from whence the evil originated.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over. Stay tuned.