Skip to comments.Airport Security vs. The Constitution (Big Govt. Alert)
Posted on 08/19/2011 4:49:37 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Government critics deserve their day in court.
You wouldn't think Aaron Tobey and Donald Rumsfeld have much in common. Tobey is the guy who stripped down to his shorts at the Richmond, Virginia airport last December. Rumsfeld is the former Defense Secretary under George W. Bush. Tobey, who was protesting the invasive airport screening practices that have outraged a good portion of the traveling public, is a stickler for constitutional rights. Rumsfeld? Not so much.
The two of them, however, are united by a common case: Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents. The other day a federal appeals court said two Americans who claimed to have been tortured by U.S. armed forces in Iraq can sue Rumsfeld for violating their constitutional rights. The court relied on the Bivens precedent. Bivens just happens to be the hook Tobey is hanging his hat on in his lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole.
Basically, the 1971 Supreme Court ruling in Bivens says you can seek monetary damages for the violation of your constitutional rights. That's what Tobey is doing, with the help of the Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute.
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Only by suing arrogant and callous government officials in courtrooms where judges have the guts to rule for the abused citizen against Big Brother can civil liberties survive in this era of unprecedented statism.
BTW, the writer should know that the Bivens case is an extremely common strategy used by civil liberties plaintiffs accusing federal officials of Constitutional rights violations.
The mere fact that Donald Rumsfeld was cited as a defendant in another, unrelated Bivens suit is hardly relevant to this case. Cabinet level federal officials are not infrequently defendants in these types of cases. They have qualified immunity - immunity which can be overcome by the facts of the case - as opposed to officials such as judges and prosecutors, who have absolute immunity from suit for any actions taken in the course of their professional duties. And you can bet that any federal official ultimately found liable in court for damages in a case such as this will be indemnified by the Treasury.
That's what we're paying these people for? To basically get their kicks play-interrogating some poor guy who didn't do anything when there are real threats out there? I'd fire them all and then lock them up, without toothbrushes. They can brush with their fingers.
it wasn’t only the TSA personnel involved in this incident. There was also the FBI and the local Richmond police.
I know, I include them in my criticism.
There’s real crime out there and cops find the time to do this crap. Seems like more and more cops are just former schoolyard bullies grown up.