Pat downs by TSA need to be declared unconstitutional

Dear Editor:

On July 2, 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama made the following statement in Colorado Springs, “We cannot continue to relay on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we have set. We need a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

That campaign promise is not completely fulfilled yet but that civilian national security force is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), part of the Homeland Security Administration. After the events of 9/11/2001 the TSA was created for security at the major airports. Since then they have expanded to bus terminals and train stations. The TSA is doing unconstitutional highway check points with state troopers. The NFL this year has let the TSA do their invasive pat downs at all of their games. How soon will the TSA be doing pat downs at high school football games? All this is going on while are borders are wide open and we are more likely to die of a bee sting than a terrorist attack.

The Texas State House introduced a bill (HB41) that declared the invasive pat downs by the TSA unconstitutional and criminal. Instead of debating how to fund the Viking stadium we need a bill introduced to declare the pat downs by the TSA unconstitutional and criminal in the state of Minnesota. Or how about a legislative endorsement of our county sheriffs being the top law enforcement officials in our state. Sheriffs are starting to stand up to federal agents all across the United States.

Richard Mack, who wrote the book, “The County Sheriff, America’s Last Hope:” the county sheriff, has the right via the 10th amendment to exercise authority over federal agents when they violate the constitution. He states real change is not going to come from Washington, but instead from the local county sheriff. So as the TSA is not here yet, the Department of Homeland Security has a presence in our county.

Paul Bergley