A Salute to Phyllis Dintenfass
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Brian Radzinsky - 7/28/2005
Overall, you're right. Just because your space has been invaded it doesn't mean that you have the right to respond with the same action. However, more importantly, I think, is Ms McElroy's final statement. "When the government swats a fly with a laser blast, then you know it is trying to enforce an entirely unreasonable law or policy." Instead of trying to quash all resistence to these draconian (and ineffective) measures, a resonable court would have considered this an act of civil disobedience and given the punishment that fit the crime.
I'm not saying her actions weren't justifiable or brave, but they probably weren't optimal. Still, she should not have gotten the punishment she got.
Jon Robins - 7/27/2005
She did invade another's personal space. Not quite the MLK Jr model of passive resistance, now is it?
Is it okay to hit a cop just because they're illegally searching you? Nope.
Max Swing - 7/27/2005
And I thought such stupid superiority of the federal agents is only on show in Germany (knowing we are all more statists here in Germany). Brave old lady, however! It's a real shame that she has to go to court for such a display of (one could say) satire.