Monday, January 17, 2011

This will be an interesting case to watch: Man faces charges for defying TSA agents

Man faces charges for defying TSA agents (it also has a two minute news video) starts with:

A Seattle man’s trial in Albuquerque on charges of making trouble at an airport security checkpoint is getting attention from civil liberties groups all over the country.

Phil Mocek was arrested at the Albuquerque Sunport in November of 2009 after he refused to show I.D. to TSA officers at the security checkpoint. Police say Mocek became disruptive. They arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct, refusing to obey an officer, criminal trespassing, and concealing his identity. After many delays, his trial in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court was scheduled to begin this morning, but the judge ordered it postponed until January 20.

Representatives from several civil liberties groups were at the courthouse this morning, including Edward Hasbrouck of the San Francisco-based Identity Project.

I wonder if there is a video of the event with Phil Mocek and the TSA agents.

I find the TSA recent decisions to do the full body scans and the agressive pat downs to be unacceptable. Currently I don't plan to fly until these policies are recinded.

(Hat tip: Instapundit)

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