(first two and last two paragraphs were immutable on the ACLU form I filled out, the rest is mine)
Traveling shouldn't mean checking your rights when you're checking your luggage. Yet, more and more, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking Americans to sacrifice their privacy for an illusion of security.
I strongly urge you to put in place security measures that actually make us more secure without compromising passenger privacy.
A lie has been told, that "Advanced Imaging Technology" scanners are "safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy." But, even if this were actually true, it's irrelevant. Let me remind you of the elephant in the room, the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution which you have sworn to uphold:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
I do not think that most of what the TSA does, every day and to every passenger, is compliant with this law. I have never seen any warrant stating what is the probable cause why my body or my luggage must be searched. "Probable cause" means to me that I need to be suspected of a crime before a search is done. The police interpret it that way; why can't the TSA?
As long as law-abiding Americans are treated as "guilty until proven innocent," just because of what a few terrorists have done, we can no longer claim to be the "land of the free, home of the brave". And those of us who are brave enough are not going to take much more of this treatment. It's simply dead wrong and has no place here in America.
There were a couple of possible responses to 9/11 which were justified: 1) reinforce and lock the cockpit doors and 2) arm the pilots. Everything else has been going the wrong direction. We citizens must be treated as part of the solution rather than part of the problem. And we will never forget those everyday passengers and flight attendants who were able to thwart some of the terrorist attempts on that day, and on other days. The attitude of the government, that none of us are to be trusted now, turns my stomach, and I'm surprised you can sit there and oversee these happenings, especially being from Arizona. If I were in your shoes I would either make sure that we find a way to fight the terrorists without losing our heritage, or resign in protest and dedicate myself to eradicating all the roots of distrust and paranoia which have developed so deeply and are making this country weak. But I'm not you - I'm one of the billions being so offensively distrusted and brought under the iron fist of the TSA. I really deeply resent that.
I am calling on you to rein in these invasive searches, and to implement security measures that respect passengers' privacy rights.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.