Nov 282010
 
 November 28, 2010  Surveillance

Tim Copeland, a state representative-elect in House District 13, comprised of Exeter, North Hampton and Stratham, New Hampshire wrote an op-ed that appears on SeacoastOnline.com.  He writes:

What has our federal government become?

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has granted the TSA permission to willfully violate the U.S. Bill of Rights’ 4th Amendment, which protects an individual from unreasonable search and seizure.

Common sense would dictate that if we are physically searching people without reasonable suspicion, government officials are simply violating our rights as free individuals. If the police want to search you on the street they need to articulate a reasonable suspicion at the very least and show that they feared for their personal safety or that they suspect you are in possession of an illegal item while being detained.

How far are we going to let U.S. government officials erode our constitutional protections?

Read more on SeacoastOnline.com.

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