From BoingBoing comes a pretty terrifying story that should telegraph to everyone just how severely our rights have been eroded. I’m no D&D fan, but there is no way the book in question is “dangerous” or “inappropriate.”
A BB reader sez: “Thanks to the RNC, there are manditory bag searches happening on the NJ-NY Ferry. This fellow first got hassled with a re-search for carrying The Player’s Guide to Faerun a D&D book, and then the next day, security tried to confiscate his copy of Exalted: The Abyssals as ‘inappropriate.'” He reports:
This morning, they’re doing bag searches again to get on the ferry. And the guy doing the searches pulls me aside and says, “Sir, I feel that I need to confiscate this book.”
I pause and say, in that tone of voice that most people would recognize as meaning, “have you lost your grip completely, chuckles?”: “You need to confiscate… a book.”
“Yes. I feel it’s inappropriate for the other people on the ferry to be exposed to it.”
He gets all pissy at me and says, “Don’t you understand this is for your safety?”
“Confiscating someone’s gun or bomb is for my safety. Perhaps confiscating someone’s pocketknife or nailfile may be for my safety. What’s so damn dangerous about my book?”
So now a book doesn’t have to be seditious or obscene… it only has to freak out a rent-a-cop or TSA agent. If they are coming for the comic books, what do you think they’d do if you had a copy of this? I almost want to find out.
Somebody remind me again how we got here? And don’t tell me “Sept. 11” because I’m pretty sure it’s the fanatical Islamists who want to censor and sanitize everything. If this is what it takes to win, we’ve already lost.