Is our 4th Amendment safe?
How would the transportation security leg of Homeland Security answer this question?
According to The Atlantic‘s Conor Friedersdorf, the question has been asked and answered. But apparently, without much consideration for our constitutional right for protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
Transportation Security Administration manager John Pistole’s answer to the question of our 4th amendment protection: “…if someone decides they don’t want to have [airport] screening, they don’t have the right to get on the plane.”
The problem with this answer, says Friedersdorf, is not Pistole’s “defense of mandatory security screening. It’s his assertion that air travel is a special “privilege” the feds grant citizens.”
As well, reporter James Fallows details a further unsettling discovery he made about this apparent threat to our 4th amendment right: “What I didn’t know until now was that the TSA is extending its protective scrutiny to the nation’s roadways.”
How do you feel about this slow leak in our 4th amendment protection bubble?