posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 08:40 PM
This is the first topic i have done since being a member so bear with me please.I'm not even sure I'm doing this right or if this tiopic has
already been touched upon....I remember as a teenager getting pulled over with friend.After the officer told my friend why he pulled him
over(speeding)and asked to see his license and insurance..He(officer)then asked for everyone elses I.D.sMy two buddies in back gave theirs up without
hesitation,I on the otherhand knew i didnt have to show my identification because I was.nt the operator of the car...after arguing and persistance
from my friends i gave in..but prided myself in knowing i was right...I read an article today that kinda takes that pride away..It's a rather short
article so I'll post the whole thing...(if this is not the way it's done please let me know)
This is the address to the article...prisonplanet.tv...
One lawyer says the government will now be able to "turn a person's silence into a criminal offense."
A sharply-divided Supreme Court has ruled five-to-four that Americans have no constitutional right to keep quiet when police ask for their names.
Privacy rights advocates say the ruling essentially opens a can of worms, forcing people who haven't done anything wrong to give information that can
be used in broad data searches.
The head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center says the modern age means police get "an extraordinary look" into somebody's private life
simply by getting their identification.
But the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation says officers will only be able to demand I-D from people suspected of criminal involvement.
The case involved a Nevada rancher who was arrested after refusing multiple requests to give an officer his name.