The 4th amendment to the United States Constitution:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
If you have set foot in an American airport, you will notice these rights being violated. To a more and more extreme degree, these rights are being crushed by Government officials who use fear as their weapon. Bags and persons have been searched with neither warrant nor cause in actions that could not violate the Constitution in any clearer terms. Most recently, people, regardless of age, are required to either have their naked body revealed, their entire body molested (including genitalia and breasts) or be arrested and/or fined a large amount.
Folks, we have finally reached the tipping point. The citizens will not allow their Constitution violated like this anymore.
John Tyner, an ordinary American, brought these tactics to light by videotaping security at an airport. He posted the video on his website here. There are many scary and creepy parts to the video, such as the security peon who describes how he plans to touch Tyner’s legs and crotch, but one phrase stated by security keeps getting repeated in my mind –
you gave up most of your rights when you bought a ticket.
He said what? Yes, the position of these scumbags is that all Constitutional rights are waived once they decided on Air travel. I guess there is no good argument to why they have to see your kids naked and grope your grandma, so they will come up with anything.
More info on this here at FDL. Please do sign the petition here to stop this illegal harassment. Although the petition inaccurately refers to the scanners as ‘porno scanners’ (nudity does not equal pornography), the more signatures we have, the better.