Free Speech Gets Travelers More Scrutiny

Be wary air passengers, the TSA is on the lookout for those of you who voice your disgust at the methods they employ in the name of safety. Part of their profiling system includes looking for passengers who are “[V]ery arrogant and expresses contempt against airport passenger procedures.” In other words, if you express your opinion they get to decide if it is arrogant and full of contempt and then they can subject you to more invasive screening. Since these are arbitrary it is solely up to TSA to decide.

One civil rights group explains it as such:

“Expressing your contempt about airport procedures — that’s a First Amendment-protected right,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent who now works as legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “We all have the right to express our views, and particularly in a situation where the government is demanding the ability to search you.”

“It’s circular reasoning where, you know, I’m going to ask someone to surrender their rights; if they refuse, that’s evidence that I need to take their rights away from them. And it’s simply inappropriate,” he said. CNN

There is, of course, a difference between being unruly or disorderly and expressing dissatisfaction with how things are done. The TSA however, gets to decide on the matter and will use more in depth screening as a punishment (rather than a security tool) should a traveler decide to express an opinion about how the TSA is doing its job.

This is another attempt to silence the traveling public and get it to accept what is being done without uttering a peep. It is an effort to gain more acceptance of the loss of rights.

The Fourth Amendment is violated and now the First Amendment joins an ever growing list of individual rights that are being eroded by the government.

And if you don’t like it, armed people will surround you and force you to submit.

Just as my friend Ogre always points out.

Cave Canem!
Never surrender, never submit.
Big Dog

Gunline

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