I spent a lot of time in airports last year. I always get wanded and have to pass through the security patdown due to a piece of jewelry that no longer comes off. It’s annoying but unless I want to cut the bracelet off, I’ll live with it.
Still, I’m not the only person who thinks the TSA and other law enforcement agencies routinely overstep their bounds simply because they can and they are taught to be intimidating. More recently this disturbing trend in law enforcement took a fascist turn in Missouri where Law Enforcement was told that militia members and domestic terrorists could be profiled by bumper stickers on their vehicles.
People who ignore or are ignorant of their Constitutional rights to things like the 1st Amendment’s Freedom of Speech and the 4th Amendment’s right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” without a warrant being issued after law enforcement demonstrates probable cause and the 5th Amendment’s protection against self incrimination AND against having their effects seized without due process routinely give up their rights to the Government when they are confronted with seemingly innocuous questions like, “If you don’t have anything to hide, why won’t you ____?”
How dangerous that our Government no longer understands that “If you are going to abide by the Constitution, why would you ask such a thing?”
Think this is just an academic or rhetorical question? Think again. My friend Preston Taylor Holmes over at Six Meat Buffet has a video up of a FOX program hosted by Judge Napolitano where a young man carrying cash and Campaign for Liberty material was detained by at the St. Louis airport for 25 minutes and questioned by Law Enforcement who repeatedly asked him to surrender his Constitutional rights merely to satisfy their curiosity. The entire thing was caught on audio tape.
Welcome to America under the authority of Big Government. Kiss your rights good-bye when you leave your house in the morning. You may never see them again … I want to know what happened to the guys in the windowless room.