The 4th ammendment to the US Constitution states:
“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 probably cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.”
I cannot understand how randomly selecting airline passengers to either be virtually stripped or molested for our perceived security is not a violation of our 4th ammendment rights and in some cases our 1st ammendment rights. I for one believe that no one should know the shape of my body but my husband, least of all a complete stranger.
As someone who works in the risk management field, I can tell you this control does little to deter a terrorist. A control is only as good as your ability to enforce it which is why the TSA “enhanced” their pat downs to include groping, molesting and even sticking their hands in people’s pants. This is government bullying plain and simple. They enhanced the pat downs and made them more intrusive in order to force people to prefer to go through the stripping machines.
First of all a terrorist with an underwear bomb would have to be selected in order to go through the extra screening in the first place. Secondly, if he were selected for extra screening, he would just decline both the body scan and the “enhanced pat down” just like that John Tyner guy did. Do you really think a threat of a $10,000 fine would be a deterrent for a terroist? No, it would not. And so far in this country you cannot be illegally detained. Not wanting to be virtually stripped or molested is not probable cause to detain someone so they have to let them go.
I would like to see the stats on your chances of being a victim of a terrorist attack compared to being struck by lightening. If your chances of being struck by lightening is higher should you dress in all rubber every time you leave your house? I would also like to compare the stats of being a victim of a terrorist attack to the chances of being a victim of sexual assualt. I guarantee your chances of being sexually assualted is higher if you are a frequent flyer.
There is no way I am going to let a stranger feel me up, stick their hands in my pants OR see me naked. It is not going to happen and it shouldn’t. If you have to question whether an activity is appropriate for a child, then it probably is not appropriate for anyone! Buying a plane ticket is not reasonable cause to violate your 4th ammendment rights.
When innocent Americans are being stripped and molested in the name of security, the terrorists have won! What amazes me most about this is that some people are ok with waiving their right to privacy and modesty. To those people, I ask you this: If you are willing to give up privacy and modesty for perceived security, what do you have left?
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin