Saturday, January 1, 2011

Don't Bring The 4th Amendment With You To The Airport

Do we have any rights at an airport these days? Didn't we bail out the entire American airline industry, twice, after 9/11? That was before some people, who, of course, directly benefitted from bailouts complained against the term "bailout" and got stupid people to believe that Obama bailed out Wall Street, when that was initiated under Bush.  But, I digress.  

How much of us has to be searched, screened, inspected, irradiated,  probed, and patted down before we're free enough of the suspicion that we're terrorists before we can get on a plane? We're not this suspicious of the food we eat, or the water we drink and bathe in.

Enter  Aaron B. Tobey.  Here's his story.  Man protests screening at Richmond airport, is arrested

I think it would be a good idea to support his young man.  So, here is the phone number for Henrico County General District Court804) 501-4723.  See if you can find out who the judge will be that will handle the case, and write a nice, polite letter of support for the young man.  And ask what law did he really violate? "Disorderly Conduct," seems very vague.  Were we supposed to wait till this year before they demand that we do strip down to our underwear before we can get on a plane? 

And what about our right to be secure in the belief that our luggage will arrive with us at our destination? Now that's some airport security that could be greatly improved!  

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