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Fri, Mar. 4th, 2005, 08:08 am
Like something out of the works of Kafka

Like something out of the works of Kafka . . . . Imagine a secretive, police state where citizens who are told they have violated the law are refused the opportunity to see or read the very law they are accused of breaking.

This happended to a Haight Ashbury neighbor of mine, John Gilmore, when he was asked to show ID when attempting to board an airplane. Gilmore asked to see the law, but nobody could produce a copy. Later, he was told the regulation was "Sensitive Security Information" and was unavailable for inspection. Recently, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article on Gilmore and his fight with the United States Government to enforce a law it won't show anyone. And like something out of the works of Kafka, it makes for thought-provoking reading.

If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody hears it - does it make a sound ?

If a citizen "breaks" the law, and nobody knows about the law - does the law exist ?