|Sen. Rand Paul (sitting) and speaking on the phone.|
So, in my mind and in the minds of a number of legal experts who have opined on the subject, the TSA is in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution regarding travel by U.S. Senators and Representatives.
Many, including family members, have asked why I blog about this subject. It is because (perhaps because I fly so often), I'm watching our rights and the rule of law evaporate right before our eyes. I'm shocked the White House has defended the TSA's treatment of Sen. Paul.
NYC's Archbishop Timothy Dolan wrote on a completely different topic yesterday:
This latest erosion of our first freedom should make all Americans pause. When the government tampers with a freedom so fundamental to the life of our nation, one shudders to think what lies ahead.
Go back to ten years ago: Did you ever think you'd have to appear nude, take off your shoes, etc., etc. to get on an airplane? Did you think your car or bus would be searched by the TSA without probably cause?
The history of our world is that rights, once given up, are not easily regained.