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Your Papers Please

Meet Dudley Hiibel. He's a 59 year old cowboy who owns a small ranch outside of Winnemucca, Nevada. He lives a simple life, but he's his own man. You probably never would have heard of Dudley Hiibel if it weren't for his belief in the U.S. Constitution.

One balmy May evening back in 2000, Dudley was standing around minding his own business when all of a sudden, a policeman pulled-up and demanded that Dudley produce his ID. Dudley, having done nothing wrong, declined. He was arrested and charged with "failure to cooperate" for refusing to show ID on demand. And it's all on video.
On the 22nd of March 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Dudley and the rest of us live in a free society, or in a country where we must show "the papers" whenever a cop demands them.

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Click here to watch the incident. You decide...

homepage: homepage: http://papersplease.org/hiibel/index.html
address: address: Winnemucca, Nevada

Thanks -- a great question is raised 23.Feb.2004 13:57


Thanks for posting, this story deserves attention.

The cop apparently had probable cause for making an arrest because of rightful refusal to show ID, but the cop did not have probable cause to ask for ID in the first place. Dang if that ain't a Catch 22 kindof thing.

I love that phrase, "failure to cooperate". What doublespeak! Doesn't "cooperate" imply working together? I think what they mean is "failure to OBEY". They want our obedience.

So the question of presenting ID is going to the Supreme Court. This is one worth watching. Spudnuts asked the same question recently right here  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/01/278322.shtml.

How many of us, either through ignorance or fear of authority would refuse to show ID? To me this takes a bit of courage. And don't some people call this the home of the brave?