The following is an exact word-for-word transcript from the original Amendments to the Constitution of The United States of America.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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 probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The TSA has published a web page with “Hassle-Free Security Tips” so travelers can be prepared for what they will encounter when they arrive at the airport security checkpoint. This is largely common sense and common knowledge for most people, but the TSA is “doing their part” by helping everyone have a more enjoyable experience at the security checkpoint. Below is a screen-shot of the web page.
Pay close attention to the fifth bullet point. This is the one that I have a real issue with.
First Amendment Violations
Think before you speak? Since when do American’s think before they speak? (Attempted humor :)) But seriously, I don’t have to think before I speak. Aside from illegal language such as directly threatening someone with bodily harm or threatening the President of The United States, I can say anything else I damn well please. The First Amendment (above) says I can, with no restrictions! And as far as “inappropriate jokes and threats” are concerned, what is the definition of inappropriate? For that matter, what if MY definition is different from YOUR definition? Where does that leave us? Apparently, jokes are also not covered by The First Amendment. As for the threats, it’s like I said before. An example would be saying something like “If you touch my ass, I am going to call the police!” That would be a “threat” of sorts. So that about covers the First Amendment violations the TSA is happy to ignore.
Fourth Amendment Violations
“Local law enforcement may be called as necessary.” What they are basically saying here is that if you don’t cooperate, you will be arrested. Take a look at The Fourth Amendment above, and tell me where it says “unless requested by the TSA at airport security.”
My point here is very simple. The TSA is above The Constitution and The Bill of Rights, and they are not at all shy about it. They represent a big brother Federal Government that will stop at nothing to gain more and more control over every aspect of our lives. When is this shit going to end?
- “How The TSA Legally Circumvents The Fourth Amendment” and related posts (boardingarea.com)
- TSA ‘Strip and Grope’: Meet the Fourth Amendment (pajamasmedia.com)
- Campaign for Liberty Says Enough to TSA Violating Personal Liberty Once Again (eon.businesswire.com)
- Robert Dean Cites 4th Amendment Violation, Sues TSA Over Full-Body Scans (huffingtonpost.com)
- My liberty is worth more than my security… (shannonturlington.com)