You have got to be kidding me, someone tell me this is just a stupid joke. By way of LawDog, I learn that the DC Staatspolizei are planning on blocking off neighborhoods by designating them “Safety Zones”, and then stopping all vehicles entering the neighborhoods and getting ID from the drivers, or finding out if they have a “legitimate” reason to be in that neighborhood. I wish I was making this up:
Under an executive order expected to be announced today, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have the authority to designate “Neighborhood Safety Zones.” At least six officers will man cordons around those zones and demand identification from people coming in and out of them. Anyone who doesn’t live there, work there or have “legitimate reason” to be there will be sent away or face arrest, documents obtained by The Examiner show.
I am absolutely stupefied by this, and while I can’t match LawDog’s poetic levels of outrage, mine is just as high as his. Exactly where did Mayor Fenty and his lapdog Chief Lanier get the idea that it would be okay to tell citizens when and where they can and cannot travel in their own country? Have we actually reached the point where armed police are going to demands the “papers” of US citizens to allow those citizens to travel to their own homes?
And how exactly do they plan on enforcing this crap? Who’s to say that what one cop considers a legitimate reason will be considered legitimate by the next cop on a different shift?
The more I think about this, the more depressed I get – DC is supposed to a symbol of our liberty and what makes America such a great nation. Instead, it’s a hole, a pit, where people are deprived of their liberties, their arms, and now their ability to travel without saying “by your leave”; all because some bureaurats (not a typo) have decided that they, the anointed, are in the right to deprive their subjects of said liberty in the name of “safety”. It’s a disgusting display.