DA: Traveler out of line by refusing to show ID

KOB Albuquerque

[ed – showing ID used not to be required until actually very recently.  In fact a letter to Mr. Mocek in 2008 from the TSA themselves stated as such.  Have there been any terrorist acts prevented by showing valid ID?  Indeed, the underwear bomber was shepherded onto the plane by the US State Dept despite being on a terrorist watchlist.  BodyScannerTruth.com supports Mr. Mocek’s fight to preserve the right of freedom to travel.]

Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says a Seattle man was out of line and outside the law in a confrontation with TSA officers at an airport checkpoint.

Phil Mocek was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing and other charges after refusing to show his ID at the Albuquerque Sunport in November 2009. His trial was postponed this week. Civil liberties groups across the nation are watching the case closely.

“It’s about public safety,” Brandenburg said. “In this day and age, when you get a prescription, when you go get a medical exam, you usually have to show a picture ID – that’s what we do. This individual refused to show his ID, and refused to obey a lawful order. He was asked to leave and he refused to leave.”

“What’s really at root in this case is a right that we have under the Constitution, “ said Edward Hasbrouck of the San Francisco-based Identity Project. “ It’s the ability to move about the country without having to show papers, which has been one of the defining characteristics of American freedom.”

Mocek’s trial has been re-scheduled for January 20 in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

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