From Raw Story today:
A top Constitutional scholar from Princeton who gave a televised speech that slammed President George W. Bush's executive overreach recently learned that he had been added to the Transportation Security Administration's terrorist watch list. He shared his experience this weekend at the law blog Balkinization.
Basically, the guy, Princeton University Prof. Walter Murphy made some public comments about Lord Bush last year and when he tries to simply fly from Albuquerque to Newark he is basically told "tough sh*t" by some TSA halfwit.
Get a load of this exchange, noted at Balkinization:
"I presented my credentials from the Marine Corps to a very polite clerk for American Airlines. One of the two people to whom I talked asked a question and offered a frightening comment: "Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that."
I explained that I had not so marched but had, in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution. "That'll do it," the man said. "
"After carefully examining my credentials, the clerk asked if he could take them to TSA officials. I agreed. He returned about ten minutes later and said I could have a boarding pass, but added: "I must warn you, they're going to ransack your luggage."
On my return flight, I had no problem with obtaining a boarding pass, but my luggage was "lost." Airlines do lose a lot of luggage and this "loss" could have been a mere coincidence. In light of previous events, however, I'm a tad skeptical."
This is exactly why I loathe flying these days. Yes, I've marched for peace and I've criticized the Bush regime. And do you think things will be any better under cross-dressing gangsters like Rudy Giuliani or Shrill-ary Clinton?