Don't like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line.
Arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator Transportation Security Administration officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists, CNN has learned exclusively. And, when combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny.
And so the TSA adds First Amendment free speech rights to the ever-growing list of Constitutional rights we're expected to forfeit in order for the TSA to conduct its security theater:
"Expressing your contempt about airport procedures -- that's a First Amendment-protected right," said Michael German, a former FBI agent who now works as legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "We all have the right to express our views, and particularly in a situation where the government is demanding the ability to search you."
"It's circular reasoning where, you know, I'm going to ask someone to surrender their rights; if they refuse, that's evidence that I need to take their rights away from them. And it's simply inappropriate," he said.
BTW, you have been following the TSA pat down of that six year old child, haven't you? Well, add an 8 year old boy to the list. If you or I handled kids the way these TSA thugs do, we'd end up on a sex offender list, as well we should. But TSA agents get to do it without any repercussions. What does that teach kids? That people in uniforms are allowed to grope them and the kid can't do anything? Appalling.