Guantanamo Prisoners’ Groins Protected; Too Bad Yours Aren’t

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by TSA News Blog, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. TSA News Blog

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    In an excellent ruling that provides rare good news for the prisoners illegally detained at Guantanamo, a U.S. judge reveals that he actually has a sense of justice. The good news for the prisoners, however, doesn’t extend to the rest of us.
    Judge Royce C. Lamberth, chief judge of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled that the TSA-style searches conducted on Guantanamo prisoners — where guards grope the genitals of prisoners — are no longer allowed.
    And, mirabile dictu, he called the government’s actions out for what they are: “yet another exaggerated response.” Sorta like the entire post-9/11 national security apparatus.
    Although Lamberth’s decision was based partly on religion, his ruling has, obviously, serious civil liberties implications. One wonders if an enterprising lawyer out there will take this decision and run with it — in other words, use it to show that the genital-groping going on at airports is also illegal and should be stopped.
    Hello? Anyone?
     
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The TSA News Blog loses credibility when reposting things like this. The claim that terrorist and other combatants at Guantanamo are being held illegaly could be argued for years. The limitation of the style of search for incarcerated prisioners is a questionable decision. The fact that similar searches are done to people who only erred by purchasing a commercial airline ticket should be the central issue.

    TSA should never touch a traveler, period. If an invasive search is required it should be done by a LEO and only then with cause shown.
     
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  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Lisa wrote the original, and knowing Lisa she probably won't be too receptive to the criticism.

    You might send an email to Christopher Elliot: elliotc@gmail.com

    I did that a year ago when there with other similar issues w/ TSA News Blog, also put it on moderation so I could review the posts before they appeared. Never heard back directly from Chris but the problem did go away.

    Lisa's heart is in the right place but she's never fully learned to stifle herself in an situation that requires it. I can relate to that. :)
     
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Yeah, gotta a couple of down votes for my remark. Anyone who wants to drop by and vote me up is welcome to have at it.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Your wasting your breath on that.

    TSA News Blog belongs to Christopher Elliott; it's part of his travel sites at "elliott.org". Contacting him is the only way you're going to influence this.
     
  6. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    And not to lose sight of the underlying decision being reported on either:
    http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/725853-lamberth-opinion-on-counsel-access-and-genital.html
     

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