Your paperssss, pleees- granny.
Thursday December 01st 2005, 7:36 am

Deborah Davis - Freedom Fighter

Deborah Davis, a 50 year old grandmother of 5, was riding a Denver city bus to work last September. Davis was minding her own business, reading a book. The bus route happens to cross a Federal office complex. When the bus stopped on the complex, security guards boarded and demanded all passengers produce ID.

Davis refused to comply- and was violently manhandled to a waiting police car. Her belongings, including the contents of her purse and her mobile phone, were flung all over the bus.

In the United States, if you are not suspected of criminal activity, police have no right to demand identification papers. A police demand for identification from a non-suspect is a search without a warrant. The 4th Amendment to the US Constitution protects all people on US soil- not just citizens- from unreasonable search and seizure:

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. 

On 9 December 2005, Davis is expected to be charged with federal criminal misdemeanors: 41 CFR § 102-74.375 (Admission to Property) and 41 CFR § 102-74.385 (Conformity to Official Signs and Directions). She is represented pro-bono by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and the Denver law firm of Haddon, Morgan, Mueller, Jordan, Mackey & Foreman, P.C.

Davis has been told that is she again rides the city bus across the federal complex, she will be arrested.  

So, who will be the first to smash American freedoms? Bin Laden or Bush?  Seems they both have the same goals.


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