Searching your car at the airport – another American civil liberty bites the dust
This morning, the Drudge Report bold headline, “TSA Searching Parked Cars at Airports” screamed at me. After reading the story, what has ME screaming is the inane reaction of the woman whose car was searched.
Iacuzza said she doesn’t mind the security measure. She just wants to be told if her car is getting searched.
As a proud member of the “Boomer” generation, I have to question how many more American civil liberties are going to be infringed upon under the name of “security.” Since when is an American citizen’s automobile searched without the owner’s consent and without probable cause. The valet’s response to the reporter’s question, belongs in MasterCard’s “priceless” category, “You’re required, they tell you, you have to search the car?” Valet Parking Attendant said, “I have to do it.” Yes, he’s forced to do it by an over-reaching TSA, courtesy of The Patriot Act.
Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter said it best during his appearance before the University of New Hampshire School of Law audience:
“I don’t worry about our losing a republican government in the United States because I’m afraid of a foreign invasion. I don’t worry about it because of a coup by the military, as has happened in some other places. What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed people will not know who is responsible, and when the problems get bad enough — as they might do for example with another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown — some one person will come forward and say: ‘Give me total power and I will solve this problem.’ That is how the Roman republic fell.” (h/t Washingtonsblog)
I wonder if Members of Congress get their cars searched, or George or Laura Bush.