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ACLU Rebukes Obama For Pat Down Joke

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President mockingly claimed Americans could avoid pat downs by switching to rail travel

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Obama pulled a fast one on the nation last night when he implied that only people traveling through airports were subject to invasive pat downs, when in fact TSA-style security procedures are already being rolled out in bus terminals, railway stations, as well as streets and highways.

Not only did Obama flagrantly lie during his State of the Union speech, but he also made a mockery of constitutional violations that have prompted a flurry of lawsuits as well as Freedom of Information Act requests.

Speaking on the subject of upgrading rail services for speedier travel times, Obama stated, “This could allow you to go places in half the time it takes to travel by car, for some trips it’ll be faster than flying – without the pat down.”

Barely minutes had passed before the ACLU fired off a tweet that stated, “President Obama makes funny about TSA pat-downs, but the violations of the Constitution are NO JOKE!”

The tweet contained a link to an ACLU report concerning how the organization had received over a thousand complaints from travelers about being groped and also having to pass through naked body scanners.

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Obama’s inference that only people traveling through airports are being subjected to invasive TSA pat downs and other intensive security measures is simply not true.


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As we have documented, TSA-style “stop, question and frisk” pat downs are already being conducted by police on the streets targeting people who act suspicious, by doing things like putting their hands in their coat pocket.

Mobile x-ray scanners using similar technology to that deployed in airports are also roaming the streets and highways of America, peering through walls and subjecting Americans to mandatory scans at vehicle checkpoints.

Police departments, TSA and Homeland Security agents are also subjecting Americans to random pat downs at bus depots.

It was also announced back in 2005 that VIPR teams would be patrolling Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and Los Angeles rail lines; ferries in Washington state; bus stations in Houston; and mass transit systems in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore, “expanding their work beyond airplanes, launching counterterror surveillance at train stations and other mass transit facilities.”


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.

This article was posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

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