Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mixed messages from TSA

The Transportation Security Administration (who has shown an eagerness to use full-body scanners to peer under air travelers' clothing, and to perform 'enhanced' pat-downs in which agents physically touch the genitals of  travelers) apparently does not know how to handle passengers who are actually naked.

21-year-old Aaron B. Tobey apparently took off his shirt and pants at a TSA checkpoint, and he was arrested for doing so. 


Let me wrap my mind around this: TSA can legally take your clothes off and take naked pictures of you, but if you take your own damn clothes off, that makes you a criminal. And if you write the text of the fourth amendment on your chest prior to taking your shirt off, that makes you an even more dangerous criminal. This is a confusing double standard. So is it legal to be naked or not? Is it mandatory? How are we supposed to know what this bipolar nanny wants from us?

The text of the fourth amendment reads:


"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."

Read the full story here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/31/AR2010123100617.html

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