Saturday, August 13, 2011
When government gets too big
Today, BART, the San Francisco transit service shut down communications to stop a planned protest: http://goo.gl/6PeLD.
BART officials said the disruption in public service was "in the interest of public safety".
How far can this go? What's next, when the GOP or TEA Party holds a demonstration outside an Obama event, will the feds cut their communications "In the interest of public safety"? This is the latest example of letting the camel's nose in the tent.
Some on the left and right will praise the government for taking stern action against a protest until they take action against THEIR protest. I'm not one of these who holler "there ought to be a law", but...maybe it should be illegal for a government to force a communications carrier to cut communications for any reason.