Three recent news stories that have come forward and stirred more controversy surrounding the TSA and their illegal searches prove that the agency is “above the law.” The first story is out of Washington D.C. where a circuit court has ruled that “naked scans” of travelers is constitutional and do not violate OUR Fourth Amendment right.
Judge Douglas Ginsberg said advance imaging technology is not unreasonable given the security concerns on airplanes, and that people have the option to opt out for a pleasurable patdown. He writes:
“On the other side of the balance, we must acknowledge the steps the TSA has already taken to protect passenger privacy, in particular distorting the image created using AIT and deleting it as soon as the passenger has been cleared. More telling, any passenger may opt-out of AIT screening in favor of a patdown, which allows him to decide which of the two options for detecting a concealed, nonmetallic weapon or explosive is least invasive (source).”
Yeah fuck you Douglas! Side with the government, it’s agents, DHS, TSA and the maufacuters Rapiscan and L-3 who build the screening equipment. The TSA did violate an administrative law when it failed to ask for public comment before the new rule making, yet Ginsberg said, “better late than never.”
It also seems that Donald Rumsfeld stopped for a photographic moment with the TSA when he was “allegedly” selected to be randomly screened. Personally, I don’t believe it. I think it was nothing more than a publicity stunt to get the American public to buy into the fact that illegal screening is acceptable in todauy’s culture and even government officials have a chance to be groped. The Who’s Exempt List is ever growing. Are you on it? It is now a travel norm, not an exception. All courtesy of YOUR U.S. Government and their attacks on 9-11.
Finally a fed up air travel groped back at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, Arizona the other day. The female passenger is accused of putting her hands on a TSO. “Court records show 61-year-old Yukari Mihamae grabbed the left breast of the female agent Thursday at the Terminal 4 checkpoint…Police say she squeezed and twisted the agent’s breast with both hands.” Now she faces a felony count of sexual abuse (source). I say good for her! I would contribute to her defense fund. Although I believe the changes will be dropped by the TSA for publicity reasons and to prevent the TSA for further damaging their image they attempt to uphold.