Wendy Thomson is one of our writers here at TSA News.
She’s also a founder of FTTUSA — Freedom to Travel USA. She has written about her experience being abused — repeatedly abused — by the TSA. She gave up a career because her job required her to travel and she couldn’t put up with the TSA’s abuse any longer.
Tomorrow, April 3rd, Wendy Thomson is will be in Boston — having driven all the way from Michigan — to present oral arguments in Redfern et al v. Napolitano et al — full title: Jeffrey H. Redfern and Anant N. Pradhan v. Janet Napolitano and John Pistole. Wendy wrote about this case here.
The fact that FTTUSA has been invited to give oral arguments is an extraordinary achievement.
The Jeffrey Redfern and Anant Pradhan of the title are from Harvard Law School. They were still students when they first brought the case; they’ve since graduated and passed their bar exams.
This is an important case. It will be the first time the courts will have been asked to assess the TSA’s actions in light of the 4th Amendment. It will probably be the first time the judges have even heard about what’s really going on at the checkpoints.
Many people and organizations are following this case, including PolicyMic, EPIC, EFF, Huffington Post, and the Cato Institute, to name a few. (I’ll be attending a Cato Institute sympsium called “Traveler Surveillance, Traveler Intrusion” later today.)
Hats off to Wendy Thomson, Jeff Pierce, and Renee Beeker of FTTUSA for their years of hard work on this issue, and to Jeffrey Redfern and Anant Pradhan for standing up for our 4th Amendment rights.
We will, of course, report back on the outcome of this case.
And don’t forget to submit your comments about the TSA to the public docket if you haven’t done so already.