But it was a good thing he chose to disobey the Transportation Security Administration agent’s unlawful request. His defiance has led to some positive changes:
Bierfeldt and the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented him in a lawsuit, announced in a news release this week that the TSA had changed its rules in response to the litigation.
“It’s a huge victory for civil liberties that TSA agents no longer have free rein to conduct sweeping, baseless searches and detain passengers who don’t pose a threat to flight safety,” Bierfeldt said in a statement.
Sometimes refusing to play the role of a compliant sheep pays off in the long run.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, DHS, Information, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Privacy, TSA | Tagged: American Civil Liberties Union, Ron Paul, Steven Bierfeldt, Transportation Security Administration |