A long time ago, I watched the Hunt for Red October. I remember Sean Connery talking with Alec Baldwin (or whoever they were), expressing his surprise at the ease of travel between states, "You don't have to show your papers?" And I think a lot of what it is to be American is based on that "your rights end at your fist, and mine begin at my nose" kind of attitude. I vaguely remember reading about John Gilmore before.
While I'm sure America's safer for it, and there are even other reasons for doing it (ticket theft, for one), I hope he wins. It all seems very Gestapo to me, and it irks me to no end to see my freedoms eroded.