"What an absurd argument. A neo-con can and will make the exact argument when defending the relentless bombing of ME countries in "response" to 9/11."
Comparing 9/11 to this sitation is absurd. You can't possibly live life peacefully when someone is always trying to break the law. People that break the PEACE should be dealt with, forcefully.
Do you disagree with that or not? Would you like it if the old man just called the police and charged the reporter with trespassing?
If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.