Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Joel Mowbray has an excellent piece on Town regarding the latest ACLU shenanigans, this time in Tampa, Fl. Some relevant excerpts:

"Less than a month after a 21-year-old blew himself up just outside a packed football stadium in Oklahoma, a circuit court judge in Florida has granted the American Civil Liberties Union a surprise victory by issuing a preliminary injunction preventing searches at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ games."

"Assuming Judge Little continues siding with the ACLU and strikes down searches as unconstitutional, it is a safe bet that the Tampa Sports Authority, which operates the stadium, will appeal."

"Even if the prohibition on pat-downs is somehow upheld, the TSA could follow the lead of the Cincinnati Bengals, which only implemented the new policy after the team agreed to pick up the tab for the increased security—which would arguably make the searches private, and not public, action. Then again, few experts had predicted the ACLU’s suit would prevail."

Few, indeed. Luckily, there are ways around this, as Mr. Mowbray outlines. My point here is to cite another reason to STOP the ACLU. They, and the judges who share their extreme liberal philosophy, are out of control. With their help, one disgruntled fan can successfuly stop a major sporting venue from raising their security procedures, at least for a short time. I wonder how Judge Alito would rule on this one?

Linked at STOP The ACLU middle-of-the week open trackback party!

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