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Bill Would Make Some Airport Screening Sexual Assault

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posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:17 AM
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Bill Would Make Some Airport Screening Sexual Assault


www.wmur.com


CONCORD, N.H. -- A House committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would make it a sexual assault for an airport screener to touch or view a person's breast or genitals without probable cause.
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posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:17 AM
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The bill includes anyone working as a security agent for federal, state, or local government, and those convicted would be considered Tier III sex offenders. The bill includes physically touching or using a "technological device".

It's about time. IMHO, these screenings are nothing more than legalized groping.

www.wmur.com
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posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:21 AM
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Who will enforce the new laws? You got the federal government telling police to enforce one thing and the local gov't telling them the opposite? We can't even do a citizen's arrest on any politician or suit, not one banker who helped cause the financial meltdown has been fired or prosecuted, and we are still in illegal wars.



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:22 AM
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"Live Free or Die"

Glad to see someone standing up for freedom in America. What a refreshing change.



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:32 AM
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Originally posted by Wolf321
"Live Free or Die"

Glad to see someone standing up for freedom in America. What a refreshing change.


I agree. "Probable cause" will be their loophole though. They can say they have probable cause because someone is Muslim, or because I shave my head and have tattoos, or because someone was "acting suspicious" while waiting to be scanned. There needs to be strict guidelines as to what constitutes probable cause.



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:38 AM
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Your right

Probable cause has just became a catchword covering the fact that they didnt really have a reason. Probable cause can mean anything....any reason.....no reason..whatever.

This doesnt stop it, just helps to put a mask of "rightness" over it.



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:39 AM
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I just hope they pass the thing first. Even if they do want to stretch 'probable cause' at least having a law on the books would allow for legal challenges.



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:41 AM
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Exactly, one step at a time... a bill like this would allow a mechanism to challenge future searches, regardless of whether the probable cause issue is sorted out right away.



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 10:57 AM
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What most people dont understand is that probable cause defined is as follows:


A reasonable belief that a person has committed a crime. The test the court of appeals employs to determine whether probable cause existed for purposes of arrest is whether facts and circumstances within the officer's knowledge are sufficient to warrant a prudent person to believe a suspect has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime. U.S. v. Puerta, 982 F.2d 1297, 1300 (9th Cir. 1992). In terms of seizure of items, probable cause merely requires that the facts available to the officer warrants a "man of reasonable caution" to conclude that certain items may be contraband or stolen property or useful as evidence of a crime. U.S. v. Dunn, 946 F.2d 615, 619 (9th Cir. 1991), cert. Denied, 112 S. Ct. 401 (1992).


Those in question would have to have evidence that a suspect had already committed a crime in order to have probable cause. The problem is, is that LEA's have their own interpretation of probable cause and use it for their loop hole. With that, a screening at an airport, would assume that all patrons have committed in a crime which we all know is incorrect, further suggesting that the infringement on the 4th Amendment right is a breach and those in question need to be held accountable, and tried for assault.



posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 12:11 PM
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It won't matter... it's cosmetic... it a political game

TSA is Federal....

Just like legal medical marijuana dispensaries in California were still legally raided and destroyed by the DEA....

States laws are trumped by the Federal ones.

Besides... in a pinch they'll just redefine "probable cause" to include "attempting to travel."



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