If you haven’t flown since 9/11 or you have lived under a rock, then you may not be fully aware of the atrocity and violation of our basic civil rights, primarily the fourth amendment, that have taken place.
Now, I have yet to fly since they implemented the new x-ray machines, but my privacy has still been violated on more than one occasion. Myself and others that I have spoken to have had our bags “randomly” searched by the Transportation Security Administration or TSA on our return flight, without a warrant, without probable cause and without, most importantly, my permission.
I put a lock on my bag to keep people out, not to allow the TSA to just take a peek when they deem it necessary. They certainly did not find anything in my bag that should not have been there and I highly doubt that my deodorant, that I can no longer put in my carry on bag triggered a potential threat. After all I would not have access to my deodorant again until after I reached my destination, at which point I may have been able to use it to take over the world and eliminate all B.O.
Of course most of us think the procedures the TSA has in place are is a bunch of nonsense, but we all still comply like little sheep because we still feel threatened by “terrorists” ten years after the attack. Not University of Cincinnati student Aaron B. Tobey though, on December 30th when flying out of Richmond’s International Airport on the way to his Grandmother’s funeral in Wisconsin, he opted out of the body scan and chose to do the pat-down instead. When he removed his shirt to make the pat-down a bit easier on the TSA, a brief description of the fourth amendment was scrawled across his chest, he was then detained for 90 minutes for disorderly conduct. Mr. Tobey plans to take action against the TSA, according the wired.com, Tobey’s “federal lawsuit claims wrongful detention and a breach of the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment” violations that the University of Cincinnati Student plans to sue for $250,000.
His actions preceding the incident and after have more than impressed me. I am so proud of this young man who can plainly see the clear violation of civil rights the TSA is imposing on travelers. I visited the TSA website which seems to be full of a bunch of feel good words like “value” and “integrity” which mean nothing when they find it necessary to search people who pose no real threat to national security. I hope this young man not only wins his $250,000, but I also hope he is the catalyst that ends these clear violations of our civil rights.
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