WEB Notes: When was the last time you read a news headline that said, “Americans given more rights!” Probably never. We are constantly bombarded with reasons why we should give up our rights, but never bombarded with reasons why we should preserve them…
I think ol Ben Franklin said it best,
“They who can give up essential Liberty to obtain a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
I believe he is right. We lose that freedom and we never get it back.
When the TSA was created we were told it would not infringe on our rights. It was only for the terrorists. Fast forward to today and you have to go through naked body scanners, remove your shoes and submit to invasive pat downs to travel within your own land. Now our devices are being searched as if we have went back in time to Nazi Germany.
But hey, who cares right?
The new whatever device just came out and you have a credit card to rack up.
There are a growing number of reports of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searching the electronic devices of passengers on domestic flights in the US, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has sued the federal agency for records.
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed a lawsuit against the TSA on Monday demanding that the government disclose its policies for searching the computers and cellphones of domestic travelers, arguing that anecdotal accounts have raised concerns about potential privacy invasions.
“We’ve received reports of passengers on purely domestic flights having their phones and laptops searched, and the takeaway is that TSA has been taking these items from people without providing any reason why,” the staff attorney Vasudha Talla told the Guardian. “The search of an electronic device has the potential to be highly invasive and cover the most personal details about a person.”