While TSA is finally admitting that the “backscatter” machines, more commonly known as x-ray machines, are emitting nearly 10 times the amount of radiation they swore to; you still can’t protest the pat downs. A 21 year old Virgina man learned just how unprofessional the TSA can be during his visit to the airport. Aaron Tobey says that he was handcuffed and detained for 90 minutes after he removed his clothes at the Richmond International Airport so that he could reveal an abbreviated 4th amendment on his chest. The TSA either didn’t like his boxers or they don’t like being called out for violations of the Constitution.
Now Tobey is suing the Transportation Security Administration for $250,000 for wrongful detention, violation of 1st amendment rights and violation of the fourth amendment. He was on his way to his grandmothers funeral when he was detained however he did make his flight. The University of Cincinnati student went to the airport knowing he didn’t want to be radiated via the x-ray machines and so he was going to opt for the very intrusive pat down instead. During the pat down process he started removing clothing to reveal his chest which read “Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated.”
His attorney, James Knicely, said in a telephone interview that “he was making it easy for them and in the process he wanted to communicate his objection for doing so.” What is wrong is that he expressed his rights in this nation and was pulled into a back room and asked about his affiliation to terrorist organizations. Not to mention all of the other blatant violation of constitutional protections. According to the suit, while under interrogation on December 30, the authorities wanted to know “about his affiliation with, or knowledge of, any terrorist organizations, if he had been asked to do what he did by any third party, and what his intentions and goals were.” I’m pretty sure Al-Qaeda would take credit for something like this however I doubt they give a crap. TSA loves to use and abuse the power given to them in the Patriot Act so that they can demean people.
Two weeks after the incident occurred and he was charged with a misdemeanor the Henrico County prosecutors dropped the charges against Tobey. It is nice that the prosecutor realized that the charges were complete crap and decided not to pursue the TSA’s desires. Its just so wrong that while we condemn the illegal detention of peaceful protesters elsewhere we are detaining our own peaceful protesters here at home. People like this man are the ones ensuring that our freedoms are not just stripped away easily and without objection. This needs to happen much more often!Source: Wired