Thursday, May 26, 2011

Want to be searched? Take the bus

 A very poignant  turn of the tables courtesy of  Jeff Matthews, a lawyer from Houston.

While some people argue that travelers consent to unreasonable search by choosing to fly and that these travelers can remain free from search by choosing not to fly and taking a bus, it seems that a better Constitutional construction of the argument would be that if people can't bring themselves to board a plane without unreasonably searching everyone, perhaps they should choose not to fly and take the bus.  This is the entire premise of the Fourth Amendment - that a free people live with some degree of risk in order to preserve their freedoms.  Rather than taking away everyone's freedom, the risk averse segment ought to bear the burden of finding alternative means to avoid risk.  

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