Monty Python and the quest to uphold an individual’s right to privacy
Pacific Legal Foundation has acquired a lost alternate version of one of the last scenes in the cult classic film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail. The old keeper of the bridge is not just going to let them mosey their way across—he will ask every man five questions—excuse me, three questions—which he must answer correctly lest he be cast into the Gorge of Peril. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see. BEDIVERE: How do you know so much about the U.S. Constitution? When she refused to answer because she found these questions far too invasive, the Census Bureau didn’t threaten to throw her into the Gorge of Peril… but it did threaten to fine her $5,000 per unanswered question. The Census Bureau has very limited authority as to what the census can ask. Unless Congress gives the Census Bureau the explicit authority to levy these fines, the bureau’s threats are unconstitutional.
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