November 16, 2010
My name is Jon, and I’m an entrepreneur and a frequent traveller, both for my businesses and for personal travel. My largest business works in technology, and quite simply, I need to fly to maintain my customer relationships. About 2 weeks ago, the TSA introduced new screening policies at airport checkpoints all over the country. To put it bluntly, travellers are given a choice between letting the TSA photgraph or touch your private parts.
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This afternoon, I filed lawsuit in Federal court in Miami requesting an injunction against the TSA to prevent them from touching or photographing our private areas without any reasonable suspicion. Having grown up in New York and personally seeing the smoke rise from the towers that morning in 2001, I know the threat of terrorism is real, and I know we must defend ourselves. This does not mean that the Constitution should be ignored, and indeed, the TSA has plenty of alternative screening procedures that are less invasive. Besides the privacy issue, there have been health issues raised as to the radiation produced by the imaging devices, as well as efficacy issues, with no good studies having been done to show that this imagry makes us any safer.