Well, it was only a matter of time before SOMEBODY tried suing the TSA - of course, I was kinda hoping it was somebody a BIT less kooky...
Originally posted by KSTP (kstp.com)Updated: 01/24/2011 6:23 PM Created: 01/24/2011 5:57 PM KSTP.com By: Mark Albert
Jesse Ventura Sues TSA in Pat-Down Smackdown
Former governor Jesse Ventura never shied away from a battle during his one term as Minnesota's chief executive.
Now, as a "television performer," as he describes himself in a new lawsuit, the former pro-wrestler is trying to launch a legal smackdown against the agencies that are supposed to protect the flying public.
In a complaint filed Monday morning in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota, Ventura is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its secretary, Janet Napolitano, as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and its administrator, John Pistole.
Ventura accuses the agencies of violating his "basic rights to privacy and dignity, and his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures," after he received a pat-down by a TSA agent at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in November 2010.
Ventura, who said he has a titanium implant after hip replacement surgery in 2008, alleges the pat-down included "warrantless, non-suspicion-based offensive touching, gripping and rubbing of the genital and other sensitive areas of his body," which, the lawsuit contends, met "the definition for an unlawful sexual assault."
I highly doubt this will go anywhere. The more people become accustomed to such acts the less likely it will get overturned. The arguments made for it are very straw man ie it happened before, it can happen again and if you want to fly, you knew the procedure before you bought the ticket. Of course, with Russia losing an airport yesterday, I can see where this will look like a good idea again. Of course, you can blow up an airport without ever getting that point either, but logic rarely enters this train of thought anyway.
Originally posted by lotjxOf course, with Russia losing an airport yesterday, I can see where this will look like a good idea again. Of course, you can blow up an airport without ever getting that point either, but logic rarely enters this train of thought anyway.
Sadly, this story has been snuffed before the real sideshow could begin...
Originally posted by AP/Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)Judge dismisses former Minnesota Gov. Ventura’s lawsuit challenging airport body scans
By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, November 3, 5:43 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in which he sought to challenge the use of full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints.
Ventura sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration in January alleging that the scans and pat-downs violated his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizure.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled Thursday that the court lacked jurisdiction.
Originally posted by CRZI wonder what his next step will be... (I hope he's planning one even as we speak!)
I can't believe you didn't follow up on this.
His next step is possibly running for President. (mediaite.com) He is also refusing to fly commercial airlines ever again, he says he'll never stand for a national anthem ever again, and he's gonna apply for dual citizenship in Mexico and spend most of his time down there. ...he was Governor of Minnesota for two terms, right? Wow!
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