Ever since the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, the government has clamored for more security in airports. Their final solution became the universally despised Transportation Security Administration. Now I have traveled on an airliner over 100 times since 9/11 and I have never had a bad episode with them, but the stories about their dastarly deeds is well documented. Well, now former congressman Bob Barr's Liberty Guard has Filed a lawsuit against the TSA to determine if they temporarily changed their policies for political reasons.
The lawsuit seeks to discover if there was internal TSA discussion of individuals and websites that promoted the national opt out day. The suit explains that the TSA and DHS have refused to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from Liberty Guard dealing with the November 2010 "opt-out" movement. Liberty Guard is seeking that the court force the government to comply with request. The controversy stems from the fact that the TSA responded to the widely publicized national opt out day, which took place on November 24, 2010, by suspending the use of its naked body scanners in airports across the country.
“This lawsuit will help empower all those who travel by commercial air carrier, to be protected against arbitrary and privacy-invasive techniques employed by the federal government that are of questionable constitutional validity,” said Bob Barr.
National Opt Out Day was a day proposed by many blogs and heavy hitters in the political world as a day that everyone should opt out of the controversial body scanners. Doing so would disrupt the airlines so much the hope was to force some change.
You can view the lawsuit below: