While trying to sell his wasteful, high-speed rail initiative during his State of the Union address last Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama joked that “it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down.”
Showing how superficial and out of touch they are, President Obama and members of Congress laughed at the line. Forgive me, Mr. President, if I do not follow suit; violations of the Constitution are not a laughing matter.
For the last year, the Transportation Security Administration has been engaging in a war on the civil liberties of Americans; forcing us to submit to intrusive pat-downs and full-body scans, in order to do nothing more than travel on vacation or head out of town on a business trip.
At least some people are fighting back.
Stemming from an incident at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in November, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is suing the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA’s parent agency, for infringing on his personal rights