Remember the guy who was harassed by Transportation Security Administration agents for carrying too much cash (something that is absolutely not against the law)? He’s now filed suit against the TSA and I’m happy to say he’s being represented by the ACLU.
A lawsuit filed Thursday against the Transportation Security Administration alleges a Ron Paul supporter was unreasonably detained at the St. Louis airport because he was carrying about $4,700 in cash.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of Steven Bierfeldt, director of development for the Campaign for Liberty, an organization that grew out of Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign.
The fact that he’s a Ron Paul supporter has no relevance at all to the story. Bierfeldt is involved with a group called Campaign for Liberty, which apparently grew out of the Ron Paul campaign and he was carrying cash – in a metal cash box, no less – from the sale of books and other items at an event the day before.
The lawsuit does not seek money but asks the court to declare the TSA’s actions unconstitutional and to prohibit the agency from similar searches when there is no evidence aircraft are endangered.
“It’s obviously important that the safety of flights be ensured,” Bierfeldt said in a telephone interview. “But subjecting innocent travelers like me who are doing nothing wrong — I think it diverts TSA away from its core mission of safeguarding air travel.”
The TSA’s job is to protect the security of the plane and the passengers. It’s not their job to enforce laws that have no bearing on that job, so even if carrying that much cash was illegal — and it’s not — they had no cause to question him about it at all. Even if you were to think that it’s okay for police to question him based solely on the fact that he was carrying that much cash, it is absurd to think that a man who had gained that cash in an illegal manner would be walking around with a metal cash box.