Protester who had fourth amendment written on his chest is set to challenge the TSA in court. Defining liberty in a post terrorist world.

Protester who had fourth amendment written on his chest is set to challenge the TSA in court. Defining liberty in a post terrorist world.Aaron B. Tobey’s lawsuit against airport and federal officials is underway, the 21-year-old Charlottesville man who stripped down to his underwear in protest of TSA’s unreasonable procedures, revealing the Fourth Amendment written on his chest.

The Richmond Times-Distpatch reports that Tobey was detained in the Richmond International Airport this winter for 90 minutes, his hands cuffed behind his back, while officials determined whether he was a security risk.  His attorney, Anand Agneshwar, argued in a Richmond federal court Wednesday that Tobey’s constitutional rights were violated, while Carlotta P. Wells, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, argued to dismiss the case.  The judge set a trial date for January 18th.

Seeking $250,000 for violation of the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments,  Tobey’s attorneys argue in court papers that the TSA agents and airport police “humiliated and punished him in direct retaliation for his protected act of peaceful protest, detaining and arresting him without probable cause, repeatedly searching his belongings, seizing and discarding certain of his personal effects.”

Tobey was eventually released to attend a family funeral.

This little rebel rouser sure picked a heck of time to stage such a stunt—on the way to a funeral, no less.  And picking on poor TSA employees who just want to get through their day and follow orders!  Anyone that mentions their Constitutional rights is pegged as terrorists– everybody knows that!  So you have to go through a naked body scanner, so what?  The government always knows what’s best, and I bet all those other passengers Tobey pissed off will be eagerly awaiting his trial date.  After all, flying is not a right; it is a privilege.

Isn’t it fascinating how white can become black when the question of terrorism comes into play? But that’s almost the point right? Or is it…?

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  • steve

    are you serious? you think that its ok for your police to detain people for writing the law on their skin in a marker pen?

    “Anyone that mentions their Constitutional rights is pegged as terrorists– everybody knows that”

    Your country has issues you dont even understand. Its like watching a car crash… its terrible but you just cant ignore it and look on in amazement at the surreality of it.

    I’m am VERY happy not to have ANYTHING to do with America

  • http://www.sarcasm.com bob

    you forgot the sarcasm tag…people might think you’re serious

  • http://www.rockyflatsgear.com Jeff Buske

    Mr. Tobey was punished with loss of liberty ( fifth amendment) for exercising his first amendment and while actively defending his forth. Let’s hope judge Hudson honors his oath of office and gives Mr. Tobey a chance to put the evidence to the jury (seventh). The pat-down is a search similarly the scanner is a warrant less electronic search. Paper constitution’s or Magna Carta does not stop radiation. Scanners have a non-zero radiation risk we have a basic right to protect our body, DNA and our future generations from the ravages of radiation. Learn how to protect body and dignity:

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