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11/29/2005 Archived Entry: ""Papers, please!" in Miami"

AT FIRST I WASN'T GOING TO BLOG THIS because it was already making its way so quickly around the blogosphere and the listservs. But really ...

Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant.

Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats.

Who the hell are the "terrorists" here? And who is being terrorized other than ordinary American citizens? I doubt that even the &^%$#@ing Nazis made it a routine matter to surround banks, hotels and "other public places" to demand ID of every person entering. But for sure the Nazis were obsessed to an absurd degreee with ID and ID cards -- as though they were magical devices that could enable them automatically to tell "good" people from bad ones. And certainly they did maintain control by constantly reminding the populace that they were under vague and deadly threats, both from within and from without.

Posted by Claire @ 08:32 AM CST

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