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1. What the police state demands from you when it interpellates you on the street. Also called "identification."

  • In Terry v. Ohio (1968) the Supreme Court decided that a police officer can stop you on the street and search you if he or she can "point to specific and articulable facts which, taken together with the rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrant an intrusion."
  • In Michigan v. Long (1983) the Court clarified Terry, determining that such a search is acceptable if "a reasonably prudent man in the circumstances would be warranted in the belief that his safety or that of others was in danger." The Court had nothing to say about a reasonably prudent woman.
  • In Hiibel v. 6th District Court of Nevada (2004) the Court further ruled that states can, by statute, authorize the demand for identification during a so-called Terry stop (after Terry v. Ohio) and can also mandate compliance with that demand.
  • On this authority, you can, in Illinois, be arrested for obstructing an officer if you refuse to present ID when asked, under 725 ILCS 5/107-14 (2006).

2. Documents are also something (among others) that undocumented immigrants don't have.

3. Also, as a verb, something useful for the REALITY BASED: as in, "the website of the activist group documents the DHS abuses." See also HISTORY

  • What documentaries do.

4. Collectively, documents might take part in "documentation," as in, what's left of performance art when the ART is all gone.

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