Phil Mocek’s Techdirt Profile


About Phil Mocek

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Bio: Software developer, sysadmin, activist. Advocate of free software (libre), open standards, government transparency, drug policy reform, and civil liberties.


Phil Mocek’s Comments comment rss

  • May 13th, 2012 @ 3:35pm


    Marissa wrote, "So they don't normally ask for an ID when you present your boarding pass?"

    No, my experience has been that airport security guards do ask for documentation of identity of people who wish to cross the TSA barricade. But they don't demand it. TSA publishes lots of false information about this topic, but the truth is that they do not require us to show any paperwork other than a boarding pass.

  • Apr 10th, 2012 @ 10:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't want to be a founding father or a revolutionary leader. I want to be left alone to go about my lawful business without interference from agents of our government unless they have good reason to suspect I've done something unlawful.

    When someone's lawful behavior -- whether it be as calm and respectful as my behavior at the airport that day or more rude and distasteful than I ever behave -- *bothers* agents of our government, I want those agents not to lock that person in a cage and lie about that lawful behavior in an attempt to justify having taken away that person's freedom.

    I want agents of our government who engage in such misconduct to be removed from their positions of power.

  • Apr 10th, 2012 @ 7:41am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Dohbill, there is no requirement to present documentation of identity to the airport security guards at the TSA barricade in order to proceed into the terminal -- just a boarding pass. I did that.

    As for prior contact, that was an unrelated project. It had been something like eight months since that contact, and I had contacted 50 U.S. airports at the suggestion of TSA staff.

  • Apr 9th, 2012 @ 8:04pm


    Why act like what? I presented my boarding pass as required, and then calmly and respectfully declined to stop recording. I had previously contacted TSA at that airport and learned that there were no rules barring photography. Nearly everyone else involved later lied about the incident, so it's extremely fortunate that I had a recording of what really happened.

    What other offenses do you wish I had been charged with? I didn't commit any of the four offenses of which I was accused. I didn't violate any law.

  • Jan 25th, 2011 @ 12:34pm

    Re: Really

    PandaMarketer, you're correct that the video does not show what happened before the video begins. Mr. Breedon, the airport security guard who is pictured in the video first, testified in court about what happened prior to him noticing that I was using my camera. He testified that I was cooperative and did not yell. Audio of his testimony and of most of the trial is available for download or streaming on Internet Archive. The Identity Project published a helpful index to the audio, with direct download links to various segments.

  • Jan 25th, 2011 @ 12:27pm

    Re: Re:

    It varies by state, but the law requires you to identify yourself under certain circumstances. A police officer can't simply approach you on the street and compel you to identify yourself simply because he feels like doing so.