I’m on the Amtrak train to New York, where we were informed that we could be forced to provide identification, searched, refused access to the train, etc., etc.
Here’s Amtrak’s online statement of their security policy. Note the use of a passport* for identification….. Welcome to the new America.
It’s worth pointing out that demanding identification increases “security” not one whit. It’s entirely about making us feel that we are being watched. Terrorists already know that. It’s about demonstrating it to the rest of us.
**As John Torpey notes in his history of the evil document, “In order to monopolize legitimate means of movement, states and the state system have been compelled to define who belongs and who does not, who may come and go and who may not, and to make these institutions intelligible and enforceable. Documents such as passports and identity cards have been critical to achieving these objectives.â? (p. 13) Now they insist not only in telling you who may enter the country, but who may travel within it.