Redfern & Pradhan vs. DHS & TSA tomorrow in Boston

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 abusedrepeatedly 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, EFFHuffington 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.

  • Kfred

    How did it go? Inquiring minds wanna know.

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

      Kfred, I’m waiting to hear back from Wendy, Renee, and Jeff. I’m hoping Wendy will write an update for us.

  • Susan Richart

    I can only second what everyone else here has stated. Thank you very much.

  • frostysnowman

    Thank you to all who are trying so hard to make reform our security procedures at the airport and make them more reasonable, less invasive and abusive.

  • http://twitter.com/litbrit Deborah N. Tornello

    Brava, Wendy and FTTUSA. And bravo to Mr. Redfern and Pradhan (as well as my congratulations on passing the bar–no small feat).

    May you all make history with this incredibly important case, the constitutional implications of which cannot be overstated.

  • Saul B

    What time is the case being heard? I assume it is open to the public?

  • Dolt

    I hope the judges really listen to the experiences Wendy has had and understand that this is the norm and not the exception today. Good luck and thanks for all the hard work, Wendy!

  • Kfred

    Keep up the great work!

  • marlee

    wow…thank you, Wendy!
    I look forward to the updates.