Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TSA Tomorrow

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is quite clear in its language, at least to me. Perhaps litigation will halt or modify TSA search procedures currently in place at airports (Nov. 23, 2010). Perhaps not.

If not, it’s only a matter of time until an attempted or successful terrorist incident in a crowded venue that would have, or in fact, killed and injured large numbers of Americans leads to extending airport search procedures.

Possible venues include train stations, bus stations, harbors, shopping malls, office buildings, stadiums, theaters, universities, and other places of congregation. Think it can’t happen because of enforcement costs and inconvenience. Who would have imagined current pat-down procedures just a few short years ago?

Assaults on the Bill of Rights are standard fare in American politics and jurisprudence. A change in one vote could vitiate the Second Amendment. The Fourth is currently under challenge. The Ninth and Tenth have been whittled down in scope. McCain-Feingold, upheld by the Supreme Court, eroded a measure of free speech.

1 comment :

Henry Cate said...

Do you have any suggestions on how to oppose the TSA's intrusive policies?

I plan to write my favorite airlines and my representatives.

Any other ideas?