Because freedom can't protect itself
How can you seriously be posting on the ACLU web-site, that you have respect for the TSA or even any of its people who do nothing but violate the natural/Constitutional Rights of every American - especially without suspicion of any wrong doing.
The fact that they work for the TSA should force them to lose their US Citizenship-since they already have shown their hatred of the US and the US Constitution, they won't mind forfeiting the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments so that they can be deported to North Korea, where if we as American's are lucky they will be tortured and sent to forced labor camps for the remainder of their days, where they can reflect on their behavior.
Take the bus lady...
"...if they ask you where you’ve come from, you could say ‘Behind me,’ and if they asked where you’re going, you’d say ‘In front of me.’" --Stardust, Neil Gaiman
Did you mean "personal" information???
So why does the ACLU not litigate over this program?
Ms. Chaffee, I am certainly sympathetic to the sentiment you articulate in your short essay, but my question to you is, When is the ACLU going to take action against the TSA? Our Constitutionally guaranteed protection against unreasonable search has been shredded by this agency. Unless of course you and the ACLU believe virtual strip searches and the groping of our private parts is reasonable for free people who travel for business or pleasure within a free country. I have waited and hoped for several years now for the ACLU to take legal action on this issue, apparently in vain.
I experienced a similar chatty cathy at the Long Beach, CA airport about a year and a half ago. It was a very early morning flight; hadnt had coffee. The TSA agent in line kept asking me all these personal questions that made zero sense. I finally said to her, "Why are you asking me all these questions?" She just smiled and shrugged, "Just asking." HIGHLY annoying. I certainly didn't feel safer. And for the record, I'm a middle-aged white guy.
Americans will one day wake up to the fact that Al Qaeda and any other terrorist groups have won, by radically changing the life of every citizen with greatly enhanced security measures. Many Americans live in fear. Anything happens, was it terrorist-related - the question was even raised by some during the shooting near the Empire State Building. I gave up traveling to the US when, among other things, the silver paper on my pack of mints set off the alarm. If security can't tell the difference between a pack of mints and a bomb then it's time to be concerned.
Please keep in mind that the TSA agent recently lost his mother. How do I know this? Because ALL mothers of TSA agents kill themselves once they learn that they have given birth to child molesters, vermin, cockroaches, slime and human feces.
The worst part of it is that TSA agents make IRS agents look good in comparison!
I really hope the ACLU doesn't have the same respect you do for the TSA as they have been known to violate our constitutional rights and this is just another of they methods to violate our rights. I do have a question though. I am shy and don't look people straight in the eye when I talk which I've read is something that will alert a behavioral officer and like you, I also do not want to be questioned about my travel plans. What rights do we have when dealing with a TSA behavioral officer. I recently had one greet me at the airport and could tell she felt uneasy with me and even though I was in the traditional scanning line, I was forced to go in the backscatter x-ray machine and believe this may be the reason. What are our rights when dealing with these behavioral officers. Refusing to talk to them or answer their questions would make them even more suspicious and you may find yourself detained so are there really any options. Even if we decide not to fly, the VIPR program will eventually stop people at roadblocks, bus and train stations, and even mall parking lots to find "terrorists". Is there anything else we can do other than hope one day the TSA is abolished and return to life before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
First I have comment then a question. First I want to say I hope the ACLU doesn't feel the same about the TSA as you seem to feel as they are doing anything but chatting with people. Hopefully the TSA is trying to have the TSA abolished for their unconstitutional acts! My question is what are our rights when dealing with behavioral officers and especially if they have detected us as suspecious? I am shy and had a TSA officer chat with me and could tell she felt uneasy about me. I was in the traditional scan line but when I got to the point to go through the metal detector, I was selected for additional screening and was given the option of the backscatter or an invasive pat-down. Is there anything a shy person can do about the Behavioral Officers? Nobody wants to be harassed and asked about their travel plans especially shy people. If you refuse to talk to the behavioral officer or don't fully answer their questions they will think you are suspecious and have something to hide. Is there anything we can do other than travel by train, bus, or drive ourselves and hope we never get stopped by the VIPR operation or the unlikely event that the TSA is abolished?
the tsa are terrible people.
but why do the local cops go along with them? why do they intimidate travelers and harass people?
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