22 July 2005

were you done with those liberties?


so i went to this play tonight, the PGH premeire of Craig Wright's 'Recent Tragic Events'[1], which is one of those 'Oh, no, how will I react to 9/11?' plays that everyone thinks is so deep because it steals lots and lots of themes from Kurt V., but doesn't bother to develop any of them and only seems deep on the surface.[2]

anyway, the play sucked, but the partner of the guy who was the lead in 'Do It!' and 'The Bar is a Beautiful Place' was telling me about this new policy in NYC where they can randomly search people before they get on the subway so they don't, you know, blow the thing up. but here's the interesting part: they can't, should they find a bomb or whatever, arrest them. partly, i guess, because they'd have a hard time getting a conviction, and partly because civil libertarians wouldn't stand for it, since they didn't have a warrant or anything. makes sense. but the interesting thing Fred told me[3] was that he thinks this is just a step: they search us now and let us go so that later on down the line they can search us and arrest us w/o a warrant.

and you know what's crazy? that sort of makes sense.

[1] Heather Graham ('Swingers') was in the original Broadway production.

[2] Ironic, isn't it?

[3] That's the guy's name--Fred.


mattreed said...

I think this is technically the 'Fallacy of the Slippery Slope' and it isn't so bad. You have choice: you can either be searched at random or not ride the subway. It is no worse and not so bad as what security does at airports or museums and the like. A few months ago I went to the National Gallery of Art, had my backpack searched, and didn't feel like I was violated in any intrusive way.

More disturbing to me though was the House last week making permanent most of the Patriot Act laws.