Monday, November 22, 2010

Opt-Out Alliance and Traveler's Rights Card

Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, who was the 2008 presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party, has launched a new activist group called the Opt-Out Alliance, in reaction to the assault on our liberties by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

The Opt-Out Alliance joins the Rutherford Institute, Republican Liberty Caucus, Libertarian Party, and countless other civil-liberties organizations, tea-party groups, and incensed individuals who are not just complaining, but acting on their anger with regard to the TSA's overreach (and underreach, for those whose nether regions have been patted down).

Reports of TSA agents removing the clothing of small boys, letting a man soak in his own urine after they punctured his urostomy bag, and forcing women to detach their prosthetic breasts have raised the ire of fair-minded citizens everywhere.

The Opt-Out Alliance, which states its mission as "fighting for basic dignity and decency for air travelers," provides its members with a wallet-sized card that explains your rights as a citizen against unreasonable searches.

According to the group's web site:
The cards provide you with:
-- The appropriate steps to Opt Out of TSA Full-Body Scanners and "enhanced" pat downs.
-- Information on how to file an official complaint -- on the spot.
-- A traveler's Hotline Number to report your experience to the media.
The Opt-Out Alliance is riding a tide of righteous discontent. Not only travelers, but Americans in general are finally waking up to the fact that the government wants to upend the principles of a democratic republic: It wants to cow us into submission and make us obey it, rather than the proper form in which government obeys us.

Benjamin Franklin's warning about giving up essential liberty for temporary safety has never been more appropriate, and more necessary, than it is today.

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