Stallman Detained for Wearing a Tin-Foil Hat!
via Jerry Pournelle's mail (again):
"Friday, November 18: Richard Stallman Gets in Trouble with UN Security for Wearing a Tin-Foil Hat" (There's no permalink to the article, so just page down.)
It seems Stallman, who is-to say the least!-an outspoken proponent of privacy and a strong opponent of privacy invasion of any kind, was detained by U.N. security personnel after he spoke, as a U.N. delegate at a conference in Tunisia last week. Seems he had wrapped his RFID-embedded ID badge in tin foil so they couldn't track his whereabouts without his permission (which he'd never give, anyway).
They let him in, all right. Well, he let them scan his ID before entering. But even though he was there as a U.N. rep, carrying a U.N. delgate badge at a U.N. sponsored meeting, apparently because he had thwarted the security guys' measures that would allow them to track him everywhere, they had to act like TSA goons.
Well, duh. Of course they did. As Pournelle is fond of quoting,
"When a stupid man does something he knows is wrong, he always claims it is his duty."