Because the yes, sir/no, sir mentality is perhaps starting to get slightly unhealthy? For all involved?
So, by now everybody must have heard about what happened to Peter Watts, a Canadian s-f author who was beaten up by USian border patrol when he was going back to Canada. Whatever you might think about the incident (and it would be sort of, perhaps, crazy to believe it was Peter Watts who provoked them, and even so, would that constitute a valid excuse for such a ridiculous abuse of power? Nuh-huh) the dumbest thing is this:
When an enforcement professional pulls you over, it is known as a “stop.” The proper behavior at a stop … is to stop and await further instructions. This is for your safety … AND theirs. Getting out and demanding a reason is construed as a “lack of compliance” (see above).
Somehow, all I got while reading this paragraph was a group of Daleks screeching “OBEY! YOU WILL OBEY!” at the hapless imprisoned Doctor.
Also, WOW, does someone have a hard-on for a creepy authoritarian state in which people in uniforms can do whatever they feel like BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A PERMANENT STATE OF WAR DON’T YOU SEE oh wait-
Folks, this is the real world. Cops, borders guards, security officers get attacked routinely. They have the right to defend themselves. And defending yourself as a security professional means taking pre-emptive action.
Yeaaaaah, sure. So, they get attacked routinely (which might as well be bullshit, I’ve no idea), which means they can bully and attack other, possibly innocent people preemptively? Ohoho, somehow, this doesn’t make any sense?
I mean, on Earth, and as long as you apply Earth logic, and so on?
So, what should Peter Watts do?
My advice: go before the judge, be contrite and respectful, apologize in the most sincere and forceful language available to you and GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE. Fighting this battle on principle is a losing proposition. You’ll face defeat and prove nothing. Accept the way things are, admit you made a mistake and learn from it. And give the security guys a break next time. The Sixties ended on September 11th, pal. Get used to it.
Koff koff, suuuuuuure! He should apologise to the armed men who assaulted him for 1. not being sufficiently obedient and 2. provoking them, because, let’s face it, he was just asking for it.
In the comments, the maverick author of the charming piece of pathetic authoritarian drivel divulges also that:
In a previous draft of this post, I was going to mention Israel and the check-points (so of course I thought of you and Danny). Failure to comply at an IDF check-point no doubt leads to immediate use of overwhelming force (and for good reason)
Uh-huh. Israel/Palestine war. US/Canadian border. COMPLETELY THE SAME THING oh wait-
So, where are the libertarians nao? Somewhere else, bitching about taxes?
(But then, what do I know. I’m just a typical Euro commie)
(And thanks Cthulhu for the Schengen Agreement)