The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and Warrants shall not be issued, but upon probable cause….”
Search and seizure is a legal procedure in which police or other authorities and their agents, who suspect that a crime has been committed or is about to be committed, do a search of a person’s property and confiscate any relevant evidence of the crime. Our Constitutional prohibition against “unreasonable searches and seizures” is based on the premise that everyone is entitled to a reasonable right to privacy.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administrations’ searching of everyone boarding flights — by physical, electronic, radiation or other means — regardless of whether or not they are reasonably suspected of being about to commit a crime (i.e., a terrorist act) thus clearly violates, in the most blatant, offensive, and obnoxious way, the privacy and Constitutional rights of millions of individuals every day. The TSA’s actions should be challenged in the courts and stopped immediately. Such searches should be limited to cases where reason exists to suspect that a crime is about to be committed and a warrant is obtained to conduct such a search. To act otherwise is to forfeit our liberties by our very efforts to protect those liberties.