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Posted on February 9 at 9:41 a.m.
@cartoonz: Your logic suggests that if someone on the base decided one needed to hold a Juris Doctor to participate in a peaceful protest at a pre-assigned place and time, only attorneys should be allowed to protest. The issue is an abuse of civil rights. Military personnel, or anyone else for that matter, are not allowed to capriciously create new rules or regulations in opposition to the United States constitution. The 1st Amendment says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." It does not mention a requirement to present government issued ID on demand. Additionally, the 4th Amendment is applicable to this case: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." This small group of American citizens (who pay taxes to fund and maintain the base, the personnel, and the property on which they were standing) had made arrangements with the appropriate base personnel. There was no probable cause, no warrant, and no legal reason to require government issued identification from these people and then to arrest them after they asserted their civil rights.
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