CNN.com - Keeping name private can be crime, court rules - Jun 21, 2004
CNN.com - Keeping name private can be crime, court rules - Jun 21, 2004 This U.S. Supreme Court decision upheld a Nevada law that permitted someone to be arrested for failing to provide their name and identification in an unprovoked stop by law enforcement. It means that in the states with similar laws, or the states that will adopt such laws, you have to provide ID if the law enforcement officer asks you for it, even if you haven't done anything wrong.
At least one Supreme Court Justice saw this as violating the person's civil rights. But in a post-September 11th world, requiring people to prove who they are is more acceptable than it might otherwise be.
It's the law now, so arguing won't make much of a difference. And if not abused and used only within its correct boundaries, this may not be a problem. But what if it's misused or abused?
that worries me.