Ohio Anti-Terrorism Bill – “Papers Please”

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2005-12-23 08:45:59

abclocal.go.com/wtvg…   Anti-Terrorism Bill December 19, 2005 – Ohio lawmakers from both parties have concerns about a law that would broaden the powers of police to make arrests. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A new anti-terrorism bill is waiting for Governor Taft’s signature despite opposition from an unusual collection of liberals and conservatives. The measure would let police to arrest people in public places who won’t give officers their names, addresses and dates of births — even if they aren’t doing anything wrong. Police would have to suspect that the person just committed a crime, is about to commit a crime or has witnessed a serious crime. State Representative Ron Hood of Ashville is one of eight Republicans who went against the bill. He says it resembles ‘Gestapo-style’ tactics of government officials demanding to see documents. Democratic Representative Michael Skindell of suburban Cleveland says the bill goes further than necessary to fight terrorism. (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)  

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