Had this protest been launched somewhere other than in the security-screening area, we would have a much different case. But Tobey’s antics diverted defendants from their passenger-screening duties for a period, a diversion that nefarious actors could have exploited to dangerous effect. Defendants responded as any passenger would hope they would, summoning local law enforcement to remove Tobey—and the distraction he was creating — from the scene.
Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson – Aaron Tobey v Terri Jones
January 25, 2013
[First here’s the background on the story.
A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.
Now let me translate Judge Wilkinson’s quote for everyone.
Because our TSA agents and federal government so dislike those who disagree with the government infringing on personal liberties and freedom. People should no longer have 1st Amendment protections to their ability peacefully protest the behavior of the agents infringing on their 4th Amendment rights.
The fact that our paid government agents would pursue and harass a man for an extra 90 minutes because he was willing to protest is evidence he should not be allowed to voice dissent. The reason he shouldn’t be allowed is because it compounds the ignorance and inability for the TSA to do its job thus making it more likely that an agency who has a track record of catching absolutely no-one to catch even fewer.
Instead the people should just silently undergo their mistreatment and act like good cattle and just get on the cattle car to the slaughter. That way the TSA can continue stealing peoples private valuables to sell to others while under the protecting folds of working for the US Government.
Still think this whole thing is still really about making us safer? The government does nothing but destroy and trample the rights and liberties of some to make others somehow feel they are safer. When in fact the TSA guy just waves terrorists right on through because it’s merely an illusion and nothing more.
Just remember, Judge Wilkinson obviously despises the 1st Amendment as much as he despises the 4th Amendment. Thankfully his opinion was the dissenting one. -B]