Full body scanning and other searches seem to be a hot topic that divides many. Some feel that security is the primary goal of airport security. Others feel that their right to privacy is being violated.
Recently someone mentioned the searches with respect to the constitution, specifically, our 4th amendment rights protecting against illegal search and seizure. The law has clearly defined this right to mean that law enforcement, as well as others in such governmentally, or secure situations that there must be probably cause for a search to be legal.
There is a sense of irony about this whole concept of security. This article in Politico reports the response of one congressional staffer that was recently "felt up" by a security officer at the airport. The quote is as follows: "One staffer who attended the House briefing this morning asked the TSA officials, essentially, why are we doing all of these intelligence operations if we are going to treat the entire traveling American public like terrorists, the staffer relayed. “Why fund this huge intelligence operation if we are going to treat everyone like terrorists?”
Excellent question? The 4th amendment is in place simply operating under the assumption that we are not all criminals. In order for the government to treat each individual as a terrorist, or a criminal, there must be probable cause.
It is clear from these practices that the government is not afraid to amend if not abolish constitutional rights. But this same government is not okay with profiling. When push comes to shove, why is the government okay with amending 4th amendment rights for every one, including an innocent 10 year old boy, but not for a very select few who fit an unfortunate profile?
We are only secure as a people when we have our privacy held secure. Without privacy, we have nothing left to protect. In the meantime, this video is a good laugh on the issue.