Hands Off “The Body”: Jesse Ventura Sues The TSA

Jesse "The Body" Ventura“The Body” wants Homeland Security and its tag team partner TSA to step into the ring. Caroline Black reports on CBS News’ Crimesider:

Jesse Ventura, former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler, sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration Monday, claiming full-body scans and pat-down at airport checkpoints violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Ventura who was known as “The Body” during his tenure as a wrestler is asking a federal judge in Minnesota to issue an injunction ordering officials to stop subjecting his body to “warrantless and suspicionless” scans and searches.

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, and John Pistole, TSA Administrator, are named as defendants in the lawsuit which argues that searches are “unwarranted and unreasonable intrusions on Governor Ventura’s personal privacy and dignity and are a justifiable cause for him to be concerned for his personal health and well-being.”

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  • Observer

    Give them an unwarranted body slam followed by a flying elbow drop. Seriously though we need more people like Jesse here.

  • Observer

    Give them an unwarranted body slam followed by a flying elbow drop. Seriously though we need more people like Jesse here.

  • A guy.

    wtf is this shit? Since when does disinfo republicize the crap news that we come here to get away from. Stop putting mindless bullshit on here.

    • Jordan

      Explain what you mean. I won’t be checking back for an answer, but maybe others are curious to know.

  • A guy.

    wtf is this shit? Since when does disinfo republicize the crap news that we come here to get away from. Stop putting mindless bullshit on here.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    The only reason he can pull this stunt is because he has enough loot and leisure time…and the clout to not be conveniently ‘disappeared’. I appreciate that he’s making a case out of it for those of us who can’t…but its still a sad statement when we have to depend on millionaires to fight the millionaires who are buying off our government and dictating terms to the rest of us.

    • Kaizen

      So what are you doing? Maybe you’d like some cheese with your whine.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Directly…not much…passively…different story. I am a vocal proponent of not flying until the TSA changes its procedures. I advocate this stance unapologetically, enthusiastically, to everyone who can read or listen. I call it the “Starve The Beast” campaign. Take your money away…and be vocal about saying why you won’t fly…get as many people as you can to join you in this. Take a car, use a bus, take a train…do anything but fly. When the dollars stop rolling in and there’s no way to pretend that there is some other issue at the root of it, the airlines will pressure the TSA into a change of procedure. Why? Because if you take your passive participation and your money away…they will go to any lengths to get that money back.

        It isn’t very dramatic, but it has the benefit of being a passive protest with no possible legal repercussion by establishment or authorities. I also live what I espouse…so its all kosher from the anti-hypocrite perspective.

        Maybe it isn’t much…maybe it isn’t as dramatic as dialing up high end lawyers and blowing millions to put a finger in the TSA’s eye…

        …but its more than most are doing…and its a damnsight more than the apologists who put in overtime explaining why every violation of basic human dignity is somehow acceptable.

        So, in parting…Starve The Beast!

        • Synapse

          That only works until you have to travel abroad. Try boating across the atlantic all the time.

          • Rufus

            Or being required to fly weekly for business. I have been doing it for over 3 years and have been scanned, patted down, and swabbed more times than I care to think about. Also, opting for the pat down is not always as easy as they make it seem. You have to ask for it, watch the TSA person get annoyed when explain that you are nervous to be scanned because nearly everyone in your family has died of cancer(which is true), then they make you stand aside and wait while they take their time finding someone to come and pat you down. Jesse ventura for TSA president!.

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            Like all boycotts, it requires neither 100% participation nor absolute rigidity. Eliminating non-necessary plane travel for a modest period of time is all that is needed. There are smaller venue airports not using the backscatter machines and still relying on metal detectors and luggage Xray…for well off travelers who must fly…I recommend these as alternatives…but sometimes a plane is the only hi-speed way between two points.

            In any case…take away just 30 % of the average yearly income from unnecessary flyers and changes will start happening. If you don’t want your junk fondled…Starve The Beast.

          • Jordan

            Pretty sure they won’t care if people aren’t flying… ticket prices will just skyrocket (more) and like someone else said, they will implement this type of ‘security’ on other forms of transportation. It’s a means of control and if we won’t subject ourselves to the control, it will come to us. I’m glad those with money and status are stepping up for the rest of us. Even in your passive protest, you’re still scared of your government, which is the real point here. To avoid the harassment and the rest that comes with filing such a high-profile case, it really does take either a) a group of citizens or b) a single high-profiled person, especially one that is known for exposing the government at any given chance. And since I don’t see citizens rallying to challenge the government they are in denial of being afraid of, then it’s fine with me, for the moment, to rely upon someone who is ready and willing to take it on.

        • quartz99

          They’re talking about the possibility of adding this kind of security on to trains soon as well. I take the train quite a bit right now, and I’m really hoping that if they do go so far as to add this to train stations, that there will be a big hit on the business Amtrak does. It’s a smaller industry so it will feel the strain a lot faster than airlines.

    • E.B. Wolf

      “millionaires to fight the billionaires” is more like it.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    The only reason he can pull this stunt is because he has enough loot and leisure time…and the clout to not be conveniently ‘disappeared’. I appreciate that he’s making a case out of it for those of us who can’t…but its still a sad statement when we have to depend on millionaires to fight the millionaires who are buying off our government and dictating terms to the rest of us.

  • Kaizen

    So what are you doing? Maybe you’d like some cheese with your whine.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Directly…not much…passively…different story. I am a vocal proponent of not flying until the TSA changes its procedures. I advocate this stance unapologetically, enthusiastically, to everyone who can read or listen. I call it the “Starve The Beast” campaign. Take your money away…and be vocal about saying why you won’t fly…get as many people as you can to join you in this. Take a car, use a bus, take a train…do anything but fly. When the dollars stop rolling in and there’s no way to pretend that there is some other issue at the root of it, the airlines will pressure the TSA into a change of procedure. Why? Because if you take your passive participation and your money away…they will go to any lengths to get that money back.

    It isn’t very dramatic, but it has the benefit of being a passive protest with no possible legal repercussion by establishment or authorities. I also live what I espouse…so its all kosher from the anti-hypocrite perspective.

    Maybe it isn’t much…maybe it isn’t as dramatic as dialing up high end lawyers and blowing millions to put a finger in the TSA’s eye…

    …but its more than most are doing…and its a damnsight more than the apologists who put in overtime explaining why every violation of basic human dignity is somehow acceptable.

    So, in parting…Starve The Beast!

  • Synapse

    That only works until you have to travel abroad. Try boating across the atlantic all the time.

  • Rufus

    Or being required to fly weekly for business. I have been doing it for over 3 years and have been scanned, patted down, and swabbed more times than I care to think about. Also, opting for the pat down is not always as easy as they make it seem. You have to ask for it, watch the TSA person get annoyed when explain that you are nervous to be scanned because nearly everyone in your family has died of cancer(which is true), then they make you stand aside and wait while they take their time finding someone to come and pat you down. Jesse ventura for TSA president!.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Like all boycotts, it requires neither 100% participation nor absolute rigidity. Eliminating non-necessary plane travel for a modest period of time is all that is needed. There are smaller venue airports not using the backscatter machines and still relying on metal detectors and luggage Xray…for well off travelers who must fly…I recommend these as alternatives…but sometimes a plane is the only hi-speed way between two points.

    In any case…take away just 30 % of the average yearly income from unnecessary flyers and changes will start happening. If you don’t want your junk fondled…Starve The Beast.

  • Anonymous

    They’re talking about the possibility of adding this kind of security on to trains soon as well. I take the train quite a bit right now, and I’m really hoping that if they do go so far as to add this to train stations, that there will be a big hit on the business Amtrak does. It’s a smaller industry so it will feel the strain a lot faster than airlines.

  • E.B. Wolf

    “millionaires to fight the billionaires” is more like it.

  • Jordan

    Pretty sure they won’t care if people aren’t flying… ticket prices will just skyrocket (more) and like someone else said, they will implement this type of ‘security’ on other forms of transportation. It’s a means of control and if we won’t subject ourselves to the control, it will come to us. I’m glad those with money and status are stepping up for the rest of us. Even in your passive protest, you’re still scared of your government, which is the real point here. To avoid the harassment and the rest that comes with filing such a high-profile case, it really does take either a) a group of citizens or b) a single high-profiled person, especially one that is known for exposing the government at any given chance. And since I don’t see citizens rallying to challenge the government they are in denial of being afraid of, then it’s fine with me, for the moment, to rely upon someone who is ready and willing to take it on.

  • Jordan

    Explain what you mean. I won’t be checking back for an answer, but maybe others are curious to know.

  • Bigjon

    Good for Jesse.
    Why dont you all COMPLAIN
    Call the pat-down-er names. mutter insults and curses – it’ll wear them down until they quit.

    Its a disgrace that we have allowed a police-state, where the few rule like kings.
    In the past this type of situation has revolution time.

  • Bigjon

    Good for Jesse.
    Why dont you all COMPLAIN
    Call the pat-down-er names. mutter insults and curses – it’ll wear them down until they quit.

    Its a disgrace that we have allowed a police-state, where the few rule like kings.
    In the past this type of situation has revolution time.