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Airport rules changed after Paul aide detained

An angry aide to Rep. Ron Paul, an iPhone and $4,700 in cash have forced the Transportation Security Administration to quietly issue two new rules telling its airport screeners they can only conduct searches related to airplane safety.

In response, the American Civil Liberties Union is dropping its lawsuit on behalf of Steve Bierfeldt, the man who was detained in March and who recorded the confrontation on his iPhone as TSA and local police officers spent half an hour demanding answers as to why he was carrying the money through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The new rules, issuedin September and October, tell officers "screening may not be conducted to detect evidence of crimes unrelated to transportation security" and that large amounts of cash don't qualify as suspicious for purposes of safety.

"We had been hearing of so many reports of TSA screeners engaging in wide-ranging fishing expeditions for illegal activities," said Ben Wizner, a staff lawyer for the ACLU, pointing to reports of officers scanning pill-bottle labels to see whether the passenger was the person who obtained the prescription as one example.

He said screeners get a narrow exception to the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches, strictly to keep weapons and explosives off planes, not to help police enforce other laws.

continued: http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/11/rules-changed-af...

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My song about feeding our TSA friends to sharks...

"Homeland Security Chum"


4th Amendment, baby!


I got a friend who is a screener

he always told me that TSA works with the police to arrest people for illegal drugs or any kind of illegal activity. I told him I believed that would distract them from keep the airlines safe. At least now the message has been clarified.

A Republic, If You Can Keep It


now we can go back to sleep........... Patriot , you're so right.


What do you mean the rules

What do you mean the rules changed? They never had authority to do anything other than to protect the safety of travel only according to law in the first place. This never should have been in their guidelines in the first place. Why is everyone here screaming victory when they never had this authority to begin with?

Why was the law suit dropped? I wouldn't celebrate too quickly here. Come on folks wake up please!



Since ThousandsStandingAround never had jurisdiction over lots of cash, they acted outside their authority when detaining passengers for non-saftey-related issues.
I also would like to see lawsuits continue, including personal lawsuits against the TSA people who acted outside their jurisdiction. When they acted outside their jurisdiction, they opened themselves to personal lawsuits.

For Crying Out Loud

Will everyone here pimping myths about "jurisdiction" go to law school!


No more agents asking me BS like "how do you make your money to take flights if you're a student HMMM?! Are you a TERRORIST!?

F*** the TSA.


I'm so proud of the people who stood strong for this. Let this be a lesson -- the squeaky wheel gets the grease!


This fight will be won with small steps back towards liberty

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Little by Little.... this is fantastic news!

A Man's Country Is Not A Certain Area Of Land,
Of Mountains, Rivers, And Woods,
But It Is A Principle......
And Patriotism Is Loyalty To That Principle .
- George William Curtis

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

thanks cyndezu for posting!

and yup one committed person can make a difference.
everything we do as an individual counts.

Ron Paul is my President

Ron Paul is My President


This means I can travel without a credit card if I feel like it.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.


You can also travel without ID if you feel like it.

Great news !

Peaceful Revolution !

Have you heard? There is a rEVOLution!

For Freedom!

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

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In the past, the ACLU has made some questionable choices, apparently believing that people had a "right" to not be offended among other things. However, in the past decade they have fought a lot of real evil and have been strong and aggresive in thier fight against the attack on civil liberties. I believe I will now add them to my list of donation recipients along with candidates and the LP.
The Philosophy Of Liberty -

The Philosophy Of Liberty -

Who wants to test it?

Is there any medical marijuana patient who wants to fly between two states that permit it? Let's see if the TSA rats him out.


"The problem with trying to child-proof the world, is that it makes people neglect the far more important task of world-proofing the child." -- Hugh Daniel

I'll do it...

Support my legal defense and I'll do it.
It's gotta be a nonstop flight between CO and RI or MT.
Oh and can you cover my mortgage too while I'm locked up :)

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

Good point. Let the airlines go bankrupt.

Oh, that's right, there is no such thing a s bankruptcy any more. Oh well, I still refuse to fly. They expect me to shell out hundreds of dollars for the privilege of being treated like a terrorist. Not just no, HELL no.

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

YEA on this!

Score one for Liberty.


That guy is a brave American patriot and hero.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Yes, we who so often do nothing

call him a patriot and a hero. I am sure in reflection he
thinks this was the way of the Patriot, but I don't think in
the moment, when TSA was starting the harrassment,
that he was thinking this.

His actions are those of a person that UNDERSTANDS
his rights, UNDERSTANDS his Constitution, and had the
presence of mind to record the abuse. When you KNOW
they are violating your rights, THIS IS HOW YOU BEHAVE.

Just someone "doing the right thing". But it still feels good.

It's about time!

There's nothing worse than a petty bureaucrat with an authority complex on steroids, and an IQ barely representing plant life.

I will NEVER fly as long as the TSA exists.

I Don't Fly Anymore Because Of The Shakedown Airline Tactics !

I drove cross country to my own Mothers funeral because of what I feel are un-American police state airport procedures.


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This is wonderful news.

Good work, Steve, CFL, and the ACLU!

The abuse of our liberties...

pisses me off to no end. All in the name of security. Well, if we would stop bombing everyone on the earth, we wouldn't have to worry so much about security.

Great to hear!

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

Thank you C4L for your

Thank you C4L for your vigilance on this issue.

Good news...


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