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Journal OverTheGeicoE's Journal: ACLU's "Call to Courage" Ignores Transport Security 1

The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report recently called "A Call to Courage: Reclaiming Our Liberties Ten Years After 9/11" that warns that "the United States is at risk of enshrining a permanent state of emergency in which core values must be subordinated to ever-expanding claims of national security." They take issue with a number of post-911 practices including "torture, indefinite detention, targeted killing, trial by military commissions, warrantless surveillance, and racial profiling." It's difficult to disagree with their positions. Many of the practices in question, however, are no longer being used (as even their own full length report (PDF) admits to some degree), so the US government doesn't seem to disagree either.

What fascinates me is that the report seems to ignore the issue of modern transportation security in its entirety. In the US today, air travelers are routinely subjected to body scans that are equivalent to strip searches. Patdown searches that are physically indistinguishable from acts of sexual molestation are also routine. These practices apply to travelers of any age, gender, or race. Warrants and probable cause are not a requirement, despite the Fourth Amendment. Neither is air travel. Will the ACLU ever decide to get involved in this issue, which directly affects so many millions of Americans daily, or will it stick to criticizing history?

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ACLU's "Call to Courage" Ignores Transport Security

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