Do TSA methods provide security that is safe effective and legal?
On August 17, 2006 U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor of Detroit, in a case filed by the ACLU, struck down the NSA warrantless wire-tapping program, which she said violates the rights to free speech and privacy.
This program had been put in place by the administration of President George W. Bush following the devastating events resulting from the attack on U.S. soil on 9-11.
In July 2007, the 6th Circuit court overturned that decision. The ACLU asked the Supreme Court of the United States to consider the ruling, but in February 2008, the Court declined to review the challenge.
Now in what seems to be a turn about the ACLU, Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office said, “The government must keep us safe, but it must do so in a way that is sensible, effective and constitutional. The new ‘enhanced’ security methods are far more intrusive than other methods but have not been shown to be any more effective. Nobody should be forced to choose between ‘naked scans’ and intrusive groping by strangers to keep our airplanes safe.”
The ACLU group has received over 900 complaints on their hotline in one month.