Monday, November 22, 2010

We Do have the Right to Fly

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Did you ever feel that during the past 2 years the Constitutional rights of the American People were slowly being stripped away?  If you don't, then you haven't been paying much attention to what is going on around you and what is being dictated to you by elected and non elected officials.

John Pistole, TSA head had a news conference this morning and stated something that just absolutely blew my mind.  Forget for a moment that the scanners and bodily searches being performed daily by TSA at your local airport violates your forth amendment while we are reading Miranda Rights to terrorist.  We now have a Head of a Government Agency telling us that as a US Citizen you do not have the right to fly.

From the presser, John Pistole was quoted:
“I see flying as a privilege. That is public safety issue so the government has a role in providing public safety and we need to do everything we can in partnership with the public to inform them about what their options are,” Pistole said at a breakfast with reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor. “Passengers have a number of options as you go through screening. Bottom line is if someone decides they don’t want to have screening, they don’t have a right to get on the plane.”
 It's bad enough that our Constitutional rights are being violated, but United States Codes are being ignored and violated as well.  From 49 U.S.C. § 40103 : US Code - Section 40103: Sovereignty and use of airspace:

(a) Sovereignty and Public Right of Transit. - (1) The United
States Government has exclusive sovereignty of airspace of the
United States.
(2) A citizen of the United States has a public right of transit
through the navigable airspace.

Perhaps a review of our Constitution and US Codes are in order for this administration and it's agency's.

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