As the TSA continues to trample upon many American citizen’s Constitutional rights despite having proof of stopping a single terroristic threat it appears that some, still find their tactics worthwhile. According to the latest Federal Court ruling, those pesky, and invasive, “naked” body scans are constitutional.
Many have argued that each American is protected under the Fourth Amendment against any unreasonable searches, and some, such as the privacy rights group EPIC, have even sued the government over it. Unfortunately for them – as well as the countless flyers that will still be subjected to them – Judge Douglas Ginsburg has ruled that all is well in the land of the TSA.
According to Ginsburg, the scanners aren’t a violation of the Fourth Amendment given the high risk that comes with flying on an airplane, therefore giving reason to the scans. Furthermore he explains that those who wish to opt out of the scan can do so – of course you get a good fondling from some TSA agent that wants to rub his sweaty hands all over you.
In his ruling, Ginsburg writes:
On the other side of the balance, we must acknowledge the steps the TSA has already taken to protect passenger privacy, in particular distorting the image created using AIT and deleting it as soon as the passenger has been cleared. More telling, any passenger may opt-out of AIT screening in favor of a patdown, which allows him to decide which of the two options for detecting a concealed, nonmetallic weapon or explosive is least invasive.
So, for those of you hopeful that the TSA would have to put an end to those violating scanners – think again. What do you guys think of this – just because others may be prone to a certain crime, does that make it reasonable to search everyone? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below.