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Lines are Drawn: J.A.I.L.
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A Power Foreign to
Flight," Insecure Travel Rights
year, Americans will have to get government approval to travel by air. As
Privacy Journal revealed last fall, henceforth "Permission Now Needed to Travel
Within U.S." Getting a reservation and checking-in for air travel will soon
require Transportation Security Administration authorization. That permission is
by no means assured: For example, if your name matches a "no-fly" list, even
mistakenly, you can be denied the right to a reserve a seat on a flight. If your
name is on a "selectee" list, you and your possessions will be searched more
thoroughly before you can board. What is going on here?
safety is essential, but professional screening at airports already provides for
it. Giving the TSA as an official agency the additional authority to decide who
gets to go where reaches beyond safety into overextended governmental power.
This newly minted "Secure Flight" rule fundamentally imbalances long-standing
citizens' rights both to travel and to be left alone. If your name appears among
hundreds of thousands on "watchlists," you assert that the government should not
require ID to fly, you don't want to reveal your date of birth for concern about
identity theft, or you don't choose to declare your gender, you can stay home.
By combining the requirement for government photo IDs in order to fly
with checking government watchlists including potentially every passenger,
"Secure Flight" puts the federal government into the business of licensing
travel. All travelers will need government OK in order to board a flight, or
take a cruise. What the government can allow one day, it can forbid the next.
All things considered, isn't this a higher-tech and later-day version of South
African domestic passports or eastern European checkpoints? In fact, because of
the high technological capacity of the U.S. version, aren't its implications for
travel control of plane, train, bus and subway travel much more far reaching?
It's incredible that something like this is happening relatively unrecognized in
While some people consider the requirement to show ID or reveal
a birth date a small trade-off for security, what is at stake here is the right
to travel. That fundamental freedom of movement appears in the Articles of
Confederation in the right to freely enter and leave all the states of the then
small union. It was so fundamentally a part of American citizenship that the
privileges and immunities clauses of the Constitution included it without
explicitly mentioning it again for the more perfect union. With a large and
expansive nation now ranging from Hawaii and Alaska to Washington DC, that right
to travel nationally, and petition the distant government, is even more
fundamental. Yet some courts maintain that if you can walk, you don't need the
right to fly. People have the right to walk around freely without carrying a
national ID; why do they have to show one to travel? The Supreme Court has yet
to rule on the scope of the right to travel but lower courts have tended to
restrict it more narrowly than the Founding Fathers would approve.
Clearly, the air ID and "Secure Flight" rules mean you cannot travel any
distance reachable only by air without official permission. Moreover, the system
can easily be extended to Amtrak as a government railroad, which already
requires government ID in order to purchase a ticket. It can further be extended
to urban rapid-transit networks tied to travel cards, and private inter-city
buses requiring IDs to buy tickets or board coaches. These are the bases for an
internal passport system in the U.S.
There are a lot of practical issues
here too. The assumption that any "no-fly" list includes all potential wrong
doers is implausible, and first time criminals would by definition not appear
until it's too late. Many people on these lists are there because their names
are similar to those who are suspect for other reasons. There are perhaps a few
hundred people whose past activities merit keeping them off the streets, let
alone flights; the small group is better caught through search warrants and good
police work before they come to the airport. To demand that 750 million annual
passengers have to get government permissions to fly creates a needle
in-a-haystack approach to locating a few potential wrongdoers (none so far have
been caught by the matching). "Secure Flight" is simply an ineffective use of
scarce resources that sweeps much too broadly over people's most basic rights to
travel and be let alone.
What can you do? Like other regulations quickly
promulgated at the end of an outgoing administration, these rules need to be
delayed and reconstituted. Contact your Senators, Representatives and the White
House to suspend such ill-considered regulations now. Insist that the government
create a system that makes flying safe without granting federal officials the
final say over permission for citizens to travel. Otherwise, the traveling
public may be detoured onto a perilous downhill road to being permanently
The above is already in practice!
The last time I took a flight, I was confronted over my spiritual views
involving the SSN (Socialist Slave Number). It became apparent that if one
opposes Socialism or is not a practicing Socialist, he is regarded as unfit for
flight travel, and this was three year ago. And I am sure it has gotten much
worse since that time. One is not regarded as having a right to equal protection
of the law in such cases.
One other comment. The above asks,
"What can you do? Like other regulations quickly promulgated at the end of an outgoing administration, these rules need to be delayed and reconstituted. Contact your Senators, Representatives …" It amazes me that I am constantly bombarded by ignorant people who ask me to contact my Rep. and ask him to stop Repping me. Personally, I think I have been Repped-Off enough, but the People never learn. These Reps do not have your best interest at heart. They are looking to stick-it-to-ya before you know what has happened as a rapist who raped you while you slept.
The answer is not "contact your Rep," but rather exercising
your valuable People's Initiative process to bring about judicial accountability
on the single issue of judicial immunity! Until this is done, the People shall
continue to "…weep and howl for [their] miseries that shall come upon [them]."
James 5:1. And will ye hear the 1933 exhortation of Chief Justice Marshall,
"The Judicial Department comes home
in its effects to every man's fireside; it passes on his property, his
reputation, his life, his all. Is it not, to the last degree important,
that he should be rendered perfectly and completely independent, with nothing to
influence or control him but God and his conscience? ... I have always thought, from my
earliest youth till now, that the greatest scourge an angry Heaven ever
inflicted upon an ungrateful and a sinning people, was an ignorant, a corrupt,
or a dependent Judiciary."
-- Chief Justice Marshall - Virginia State Convention,
1829-1830 (pp. 616, 619), O'Donoghue v. U.S., 289 U.S. 516
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