Monday, June 21, 2004

You Have The Right To Remain Silent. Not!

Looks like Americans have lost the right to remain silent in the post 9/11 era. In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court declared that you don't have the right to refuse to answer questions from a police officer, and that you can be jailed if you don't.

The case in question involved a Nevada man standing by the road talking to his daughter. When the police drove up and started asking questions, he refused to answer. Things got progressively more kafkaesque from there. Dudley Hiibel, the man in question, has a web site with his side of the story, including video footage of the actual events!

So much for the Fifth Amendment. It's a Brave New World. :(


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