Wednesday, May 25, 2005

New Hampshire is heating up.

The Free State project seems to be kicking things up in NH with civil disobedience as its first weapon.

Just a few weeks ago a free range manicurist protested the government licensing program and got himself arrested. All according to plan. Now another citizen of NH is stepping up to the plate and going after a big one.
Manchester, NH, May 21, 2005 - Inspired by New Hampshire's "outlaw manicurist," another Granite Stater is stepping forward to peacefully defy license-related laws. Russell Kanning of Keene has announced he will approach a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Manchester airport on June 11 and refuse to cooperate with the requirement to show I.D. "I will either board the plane without I.D. or be arrested," he says. "In a free country you do not need government permission to travel." The 35-year-old accountant has a ticket to Philidelphia.

Kanning stresses that he will not resist arrest or do anything that might be perceived as physically threatening. He says this act of nonviolent resistance will follow the model laid down by Gandhi, who used peaceful noncooperation to expel the British from India. "We will tell them everything we're going to do ahead of time. We are not going to disrupt the operation of the airport," he says.
I am not sure if this is a free stater because he said he was inspired by the free range minicurist, and I thought they were going to try making changes at the state level. The TSA is not state level.

So wish him luck people. He will not be allowed on the plane and most likely arrested, but he is at least putting it on the line. For that I salute him.

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