Woman Roughed Up For Reading the Fourth Amendment During TSA Search
I normally try and maintain some semblance of objectivity but, after reading this Arcata woman’s account of an experience she had as she dealt with Airline security, I can’t. Here is an excerpt but, please, read the whole thing. From brave small acts like this may come our return to sanity.
When it is my turn, I decline to go through the monitor that scans under your clothes, as I always do. The TSA agent starts his spiel about how safe it is. I’ve done my research. His statements are questionable, but that is not why I am doing this. I start my own spiel.
“The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution reads: 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 warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, an particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
I’m speaking loud and clear so those around me can hear. Before I get to “unreasonable search” a man in an ill-fitting suit and a tie marches up to me. He tells me I was disrupting his operation. I have no idea what his position is. He stands in front of the metal detector–the first place they usually screen me. He tells me I am holding up the line. I drop my voice and tell him to go ahead and screen me. I’ll take the pat down. But that’s not what he wants. He wants me to shut up. I continue reading the Fourth Amendment.
He asks me to go with him to some undisclosed location to “talk”. He indicates with his hand somewhere back toward ticketing, away from being screened. I decline. He tries to gently guide me with a hand on my elbow, like we’re on a date, pushing me back up the line. I stand firm. I want to go forward, let them pat me down while I read the Fourth Amendment to my fellow citizens.
He asks me what airline I’m on. I have seen no badge or ID. I ask him if he has a warrant for the information. He looks at me dumbfounded. He sees the United boarding pass in my hand. He tells me he won’t allow me to fly. I have no idea if he has that sort of authority.
I say as loudly and clearly as I can, “I am being told I can not fly for reading you the Fourth Amendment.”
He says, “If you keep this up I’ll call the police.”
I say as loud as I can, “You are going to arrest me for reading the Constitution?”
“You are disrupting the screening process, and yes we will arrest you.”
Take the time to read the whole thing. You might just be watching the beginning of a revolution.
Hat tip to the North Coast Journal.