So continues the chipping away of our democratic rights in a free society, all in the name of “Homeland Security”:
Do you remember how not so many years ago we decried the restrictions of freedom in places like the Soviet Union, East Germany, North Korea? Places where citizens feared saying the wrong thing in front of the wrong people, places where one could easily be arrested for doing something innocent that the “State” thought looked “suspicious.” And now our own national train system can’t even run a photo contest without uniformed thugs arresting a person taking photographs in a public place:
Kerzic’s ordeal began Dec. 21 when he took the train from New Jersey into New York City and debarked at Penn Station. He snapped a photo of the train speeding away, then walked down the platform where he snapped several other photos. He continued taking photos as the platform emptied into Manhattan.
Then he casually walked towards the staircase to make his own way into the city. He stopped before the stairwell to tie his shoe.
When he stood back up, the cops were hovering over him. Two cops and a dog. A black lab with a nose for explosives.
“They asked what I was doing, I said I was taking photos,” he said.
“They said put your bag on the ground and let our dog sniff it.”
He complied and the dog confirmed he was carrying no explosives in his photo bag. Then they asked for his ID. Then to see the photos.
And then they ordered him to delete the photos.
“I said ‘absolutely not’,” said the 50-year-old navy veteran who describes himself as a “conservative republican”.
They told him it was illegal to photograph the trains.
“I asked where is the sign that says that,” he said.
That was when Amtrak police officer James Rusbarsky, badge Number 466, pulled out his handcuffs.