The Ohio Gestapo…

ID PleaseBad news:

The Ohio Patriot Act has made it to the Taft’s desk, and with the stroke of a pen, it would most likely become the toughest terrorism bill in the country. The lengthy piece of legislation would let police arrest people in public places who will not give their names, address and birth dates, even if they are not doing anything wrong. (

I am truly speechless… Ohio? Are you awake? It was reported that there was public pressure… but apparently not enough:

Despite mounting pressure from the public, the amended bill passed the House in a vote of 69-23. It was then sent to the Senate to approve amendments made by the House. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-2 and will now be sent to Governor Taft.

Governor Taft is expected to sign-off on this legislation today… Maybe you can persuade the Governor to kill this piece of… legislation by sending him a message here:

» Contact Governor Bob Taft

Update by Stephen VanDyke: Taft is a lame duck with an approval rating of only 6.5% (that’s not a typo). I’m betting this will be signed into law since he has nothing to lose and probably wants to punish Ohio on his way out of office.

Update by Mike Horn: Some other components of the “Ohio Patriot Act“:

…makes it a misdemeanor to witness a crime and refuse to give certain information to authorities. It also requires finalists for state and local government jobs to answer questions regarding potential involvement with terrorism organizations, and expands the authority of security workers to check IDs in transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.(

Another Update by Mike Horn:
Libertarian candidate for Governor of Ohio Bill Pierce gave his position on the “Ohio Patriot Act.”

Dear Governor Taft:

I urge you to veto SB 9, “The Ohio Patriot Act.” The bill is redundant, cumbersome, and unnecessary.

It also has some very serious problems. It moves the State toward a regime where residents are required to carry an ID card at all times and present it to any person in authority on demand. It treats all immigrants as though they were under suspicion of terrorist activity and converts the law enforcement system of Ohio into a junior partner of the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service.

The bill would also require many Ohioans to answer a question about terrorist affiliations that evokes the era of Senator Joseph McCarthy, “Are you now, or were you ever, involved with any group on this list?” The comic stupidity of expecting the terrorist to declare his intent on a license application would set back Ohio’s efforts to be taken seriously in the modern world.

For the sake of Ohio and its residents, please veto this bill.


Bill Peirce
Professor Emeritus of Economics, CWRU
Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Ohio

  1. this whole “patriot” sham is becoming obvious to the insanely dense masses.

    Perhaps the next batch of bills will have to be called the “We love civil liberties act.” Straight from the department of truth…
    I sometimes wonder if Orwell had a time machine.

  2. Unfortunately, after the ruling in Hiibel v. Nevada, the demand for identification in public can Constitutionally be required by state statute.

    This fight has moved to the states, people.

    Yours truly,


  3. Even CNN’s American Morning called this legislation gestapo like this morning in the 6:00 hour. (Transcript isn’t up yet)

  4. Nick,

    The Hiibel v Nevada ruling was for situations pertaining to an investigation right? The Ohio law says that law enforcement can walk up to anyone for no reason and demand ID and basic info with the threat of arrest!

    The Hiibel case is a bad ruling too in my opinion, but this is just unbelievable.

    I’m building a time machine to snag the “founding fathers” so they can see what’s going on today… Expect a revolution in 3… 2… (SIGH)

  5. I won’t be visiting Ohio except for wedding and funerals. Perhaps I should travel to beach communities henceforth, where even neo-con tourists walk about without “papers” and the locals are too stoned to remember theirs.

  6. Ohio has always seemed to be a Constitution-free zone. Loads of people have been subject to random searches by Troopers on the Interstates. I know this anecdotally, second-hand, and personally.

    In my case, they claimed that their bored-looking mutt “raised it’s eyebrow,” and put me and a passenger in the police car while they combed through our truck. When they didn’t find anything, they said “Well, if there’s drug residue on a car, it could come from a lot of places, like if the gas station attendant or mechanic had something on their hands.”

    Similar thing happened to a friend years before. This was even a topic in Playboy some years back and they received letters from peeved people all over the country, including a retired cop, who had dealt with the same thing.


  7. I live in Cleveland if anyone isn’t aware, and I’m more than ready to push back if someone asks me for my “citizen papers.” They can go stuff their anticonstitutional law where the sun don’t shine.

    Bring it, motherfuckers.

  8. I know nothing! Nothing!

    — Sergeant Schulz (Hogan’s Heroes)

    Well have I got an offer for ya’ll!

    For just $19.99 per zone we can install the covert “behind the mirror” cameras. Not only is this deal a steal at $19.99 but you can use your investment as a tax credit, ACT NOW and we will throw in a homestead deed to your own land.

    Imagine, owning your land… just a little bit more… ACT NOW!

  9. As a Girl Scout leader in Virginia, I wrote to Gov Taft & the Dept of Tourism in Ohio stating that I will never travel in Ohio until this law is repealed. I was in Ohio this summer with my troop without knowing this law existed. I will encourage all other troops in my area to not travel in the state for fear that they may be detained or God forbid arrested, everyone knows, we are flag burners! It gives me chills to know we were in a police state!