Then I guess the moral of the story is, "don't live in America." Think about it:
- You can be stopped, searched, and arrested [expertlaw.com] anytime you're in public if a police officer doesn't like the way you look. If you're lucky, your case will get thrown out or the cop will be nice. Cops have the right to tear your car apart looking for drugs, and not pay for damage if they don't find any.
- Civil forfeiture [fear.org] means that if you break any of the millions of anal, petty laws in the U.S., you can lose your house, your car, or any other property you own. Watch the first 20 minutes of Traffic to see how it works.
- Software and media piracy can land you in prison for five years and subject you to up to $250,000 in fines, per violation. (Naturally this bill was signed by our Democratic friend, Bill Clinton). It's a steep penalty for something so trivial.
- "Disorderly conduct" is a catch-all crime which can be used to arrest people for a reason of the officer's choosing. Ask any minority about it and you're certain to hear a few stories.
- Many forms of sexual activity (such as oral or anal sex) are banned in several states. Most people in the country (besides the Slashdot crowd) are guilty of one or more of these offenses.
- It is widely known that most powerful politicians can trigger an IRS audit on their political enemies.
- The ATA has made it legal for authorities to detain foreign nationals indefinitely, without presenting evidence of a crime or making a formal arrest.
These are all examples of laws which make the USA into a police state. AC's intentions are good but he's got a lot more battles in front of him before the U.S. can be considered safe from authority abuse.
GNUtella: because information wants to be free.
I'm a US citizen, but why would I care?
The DMCA is only enforced against criminals, right?
First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.
by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945