Because freedom can't protect itself
The links indicate the TSA was evaluating the shock feature to control criminals during air transport, not for the general public. I fly and believe my life to be constitutionally protected, and I would approve that usage.
The TSA's response is reasonable, not a flat denial as claimed, and has aspects that are verifiable, though, disappointingly, no one reports taking the time to do so.
Our rights are sometimes threatened, and certainly they need guarding. But ACLU has a tendency towards "awfulizing". Instead of crying "wolf", sometimes a better response is to take a deep breath, calm down, and do some research.
Here's a better idea. Give everyone who gets on a plane a 2-foot long, super sharp machete. Then if someone(such as an Al-Qaeda cell stewardess or a crazy US Marshall) tries to hijack the plane, all the passengers can stop them. Now that's democracy in action!
Excuse me, but what is wrong with the bracelet. If they can stop a terrorist or nut from taking over a plane, that would be a good thing. Or would the aclu prefer to have airlines do nothing to stop terrorists.
The way those stupid bracelets work is that everyone in the signal area gets stunned... In practice it means that when that dick who's had had too much to drink starts getting rowdy, they hit the zap button and everyone in a five foot radius get tazed. Fun. Loads of fun.
I wonder how much abuse people are willing to sign up for based on this hysterical fear of the bogeyman.
"Please bend over sir. We need to place this security suppository in you for the duration of the trip. It's for your own safety. Failure to comply will mean you support terrorism."
THE REAL ID ACT WILL PREVENT ID THEFT WITHIN NYC 1 BILLION DOLLARS PER YEARS LOST .
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