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Should Protesters Be Allowed to Remain Anonymous?

How would this change protests and rallies?

There has been considerable discussion regarding anonymity for those choosing to respond to articles and blog postings. Strong opinions have been shared on both sides of this issue. Those that believe a person should use their real name have offered reasons that range from simple credibility and controlling vitriol, to having the character of your convictions. Conversely, those that support the use of “screen names” suggest that safety and general public reaction are sufficient concerns to continue allowing anonymity.

What about public protest? Should those that gather to voice their opinions be required to declare who they are? It would certainly allow us to address the littering and vandalism. It would also expose those that choose to be profane, and allow police intervention when some decide that verbal protest is insufficient to their cause.

What do you think?

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GearHead February 08, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Hmmm, Dratsum. The only ill will I've seen at a TEA event (with my own eyes) were nails in the parking lot, laid by the aforementioned union boor types.
GearHead February 08, 2013 at 05:20 PM
@Lyle: Conspiracy happens all of the time. Let's say some creeps at the EPA want to force regulation over "regional haze." They will conspire with an environmental group to sue EPA, and "settle" with them. The court accepts and rubber-stamps the "settlement," and amazingly the enviromental group gets a cash settlement. No doubt so they can eat well to fight the next good fight. This of course trumps any state's rights and walks all over the 10th admendment. When the affected State crys "foul," the EPA dryly says "we have been court-ordered to..." Just another egregious power grab by the executive branch, with a little help from their liberal friends. Wake up, Lyle.
Lyle Ruble February 08, 2013 at 06:48 PM
@GearHead....Wow, the EPA is involved in a conspiracy with environmental organizations! If that is the case, then the federal courts must be complicit in the conspiracy, which would involve the judicial branch and not just the executive branch. Liberals are not disciplined enough to be successful conspirators. They could learn a lot by emulating conservatives; now they know how to pull off a conspiracy! :-)
NObama 2012 March 05, 2013 at 10:03 PM
ID to vote=fascist attempt to suppress votes. ID to comment on a website=the only responsible thing to do. Classic Progressive projection.
Avenging Angel March 05, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I found the recall blue fisters, the various "occupy" movements, et al, to be totally disgusting, but the right to peacefully assemble is a core right in the United States. Requiring ID would be, in my mind, unconstitutional. Even though the last thing the blue fisters and occupiers were was peaceful, that does not trump the right to assemble, and, yes, to do so anonymously.

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