Sunday, July 30, 2006

Pat-downs at sporting events unconstitutional, according to federal judge

Are you kidding me? Has the world gone completely mad? Where do these judges come from?! According to CBS

Security "pat-downs" of fans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games are unconstitutional and unreasonable, a federal judge ruled Friday, throwing into question the practice at NFL games nationwide.

High school civics teacher Gordon Johnson sued the Tampa Sports Authority, which operates the stadium, to stop officials from conducting the "suspicionless" searches. A state judge agreed with Johnston that the searches are likely unconstitutional and halted them.

The case was later moved to federal court, where the sports authority sought to have that order thrown out. Whittemore refused Friday, writing that the pat-downs "constitute unreasonable searches under the Florida Constitution and the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution."

Further, Whittemore said the Tampa Sports Authority failed to establish that the risks outweigh the need to protect the public from unreasonable searches.

Just how bad must an attorney be to be unable to show the extreme risk inherited by allowing 50,000 people to enter a football stadium during these times, without pat-downs? And if pat-downs are unconstitutional due to being "suspicionless"... wouldn't that mean searches of backpacks, purses, or water coolers would fit into the same category?

So, I wonder if this will effect security measures at Judge Whittmore's courthouse. Do you think they will stop running backpacks through an x-ray machine before entering the building? Even worse, how stupid must this civics teacher Gordon Johnson be? Does he really want to be walking into a sporting event in which security is not able to do much of anything to prevent Naveed Afzal Haq from sitting next to him wearing a vest filled with C4? What do you think could possibly cause this teacher to prefer to be blown to pieces, rather than submit to a simple pat-down? What does he have to hide? My guess is that he most likely makes a habit of sneaking in a few bottles of alcohol, or maybe even a few ounces of cocaine, but I must wonder if it might be something more sinister such as ... a gun. A man does not go to court and spend that amount of effort simply to fight for the right to die in the name of Allah.

As AOL blogger Scott will prove, I'm sure there are those of you who will probably feel that this decision is fantastic, and that it's a victory for our rights. But I wonder if you will feel that way the next time you're standing in line at a major event just hours after hearing news that a terrorist just blew himself up in a crowded disco, or a wedding party in Israel. Or after listening to another Islamic leader saying they will "bring destruction and death to Americans", and that "our cities will run red with blood."

And if a pat-down at a crowded football game is unconstitutional, then how is it different from a search at an airport? When a security official runs us through an x-ray machine, a medal detector, instructs us to remove our jackets and shoes, or instructs us to open up our bags and pull out the contents ... how can this judge not rule that all airport searches are illegal? The answer might be simply ... that he has not handled that case yet.

What this judge, and so many liberals fail to realize is that the security at football games, or airports, or concerts do not force you to undergo these searches. You have the absolute right to refuse the search, turn around, step out of line, and go home without so much as a single tap on the shoulder by that security guard you're so afraid of ... thereby leaving all of us smart fans to enjoy the game in safety.

By the way! This judge might sound familiar to you. If not, let me refresh your memory from an earlier case.

We should all fear this judge, and any judge like him. He will cost us our lives, and the lives of our children.

Contact U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore here.

Contact High school civics teacher Gordon Johnson here.

For the complete article, go here.


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