Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Privacy concerns go beyond airport

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
When it comes to privacy invasion, some folks must get hit below the belt before they cry foul.

'Don't touch my junk' has become the rallying cry of travelers who argue that Transportation Security Administration airport screenings have gone too far.

Last week, Richmond International Airport became the focus of this debate when Aaron B. Tobey was charged with disorderly conduct after taking off some of his clothes in protest at the security checkpoint. Inscribed on his torso was this message: 'Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated.'

But the assault on the Fourth Amendment began long before the TSA installed new high-tech body scanners at RIC in November 2008, or before it instituted aggressive airport pat-downs two months ago.

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