Originally Posted by Janq
Actually, my question was not answered by all of your lovely quotes, although I appreciate the effort you took.
Nothing in what you posted answers the question of how they are required to identify themselves to me as being the persons they claim to be, which was an integral part of my question.
Certainly, I would not lie to or deny the process being carried out by any representative or agent of the US Government. FBI agent, police man or woman, or US Census taker. That wasn't my question.
My question remains unanswered: How does a responsible, tax paying, law abiding citizen who does not open doors for people who "claim" to be something without proving it, know that a US Census taker is who they say they are?
I happen to have already returned my 2010 US Census survey, so they will not be coming and knocking on my door. The question remains, however -- what evidence of obstruction of justice (or whatever it was, Janq, that you were implying I would be guilty of) would be present if someone claiming to be federal agent/police man/Census Taker (my specific question) was asked by me to please verify that fact prior to my opening the door?
I do not feel it is an unreasonable question. It would certainly be easy for someone to claim they are a census taker to gain access to your home at any time of day inclusive of full daylight. Merely looking at a person through the window will not tell you if they are a criminal vs. a census taker.
I have read plenty of news reports across the net, but certainly several right here on this forum of folks who dress like FBI agents or police offers, carry badges and the usual getup and upon gaining access tot he house raid it and commit violent atrocious acts against the people who opened the door.
I am not a paranoid woman. But if a strange person shows up on my doorstep, even one dressed in a uniform, I do not think I would be guilty of a crime by asking for verifiable identification and going and making a phone call prior to opening my door.
So, I will ask again. What would the recommendation be for a person who has learned through the school of hard knocks to not open doors to strangers at any time of day
, what to do when the claim by the door knocker is that they are a census taker?
P.S. - It is and has long been a federal crime as per the US Code to attempt to intimidate, attack or interfere with the work or process of action of a Federal employee as when that person is working on behalf of the Federal govt.
Same rules apply to a Census worker that apply to a USPS worker, NPS employee or an FBI employee/agent. They all do different jobs but they singularly are representative agents of the US govt. and to that end are protected by law (US Code) against being interfered with.