TSA Screens People At Mitt Romney Campaign Event
EPhotos sent to us via email show TSA screeners rifling through personal possessions at a Mitt Romney political event, including one ludicrous image of a TSA officer checking inside a baseball cap, illustrating again how the federal agency has expanded not only outside of the airport but outside of transportation entirely. …
It’s unclear whether the attendees to the event were forced to undergo a pat down or take off their shoes, but hats were certainly liable for inspection.
This is an interesting development. The legal justification for the TSA’s invasive screenings at our airports is that the screenings are voluntary because air travel is voluntary. That’s ludicrous, I think. Free speech is voluntary too, but that wouldn’t justify the government putting a litmus test or a screening between you and your ability to communicate. Yet, this is legal justification to put rubber-gloved TSA screeners, armed with nudie scanners, between you and air travel.
But what about putting that obstacle between you and a political event? Or you and a professional sports games? It’s one thing for private property owners to make such screenings a hurdle for entering their property, but it’s quite another for the government to do the screenings.
Where does this end? If the TSA’s mission keeps creeping, where will be able to go without having our 4th amendment rights trounced?Tags: mitt romney, tsa