At least they aren’t strip-searching grandmothers, but this tale by John Perry Barlow is quite unsettling. If you care about civil liberties, that is. I guess what we need to know is: which laws can we violate now without being treated like we are maniacal terrorists? And, since many of us sometimes find ourselves tempted to violate laws, how far can the government go to frighten us by making us feel like it can poke into our private stuff with impunity (for the ‘greater good of society’ of course)? Why don’t we just start randomly searching people on the streets and asking them for government-issued identification cards? Oh yeah, something about the Constitution and the Fourth Amendment.