Former Minnesota Governer, Current 9/11 Activist, Jesse Ventura Sues TSA

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source: KSTP      Jan 26, 2011

Jesse Ventura Sues TSA in Pat-Down Smackdown

Former governor Jesse Ventura never shied away from a battle during his one term as Minnesota’s chief executive.

Now, as a “television performer,” as he describes himself in a new lawsuit, the former pro-wrestler is trying to launch a legal smackdown against the agencies that are supposed to protect the flying public.

In a complaint filed Monday morning in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota, Ventura is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its secretary, Janet Napolitano, as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and its administrator, John Pistole.

Ventura accuses the agencies of violating his “basic rights to privacy and dignity, and his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures,” after he received a pat-down by a TSA agent at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in November 2010.

Ventura, who said he has a titanium implant after hip replacement surgery in 2008, alleges the pat-down included “warrantless, non-suspicion-based offensive touching, gripping and rubbing of the genital and other sensitive areas of his body,” which, the lawsuit contends, met “the definition for an unlawful sexual assault.”

Ventura’s Minneapolis-based attorney, David Olsen, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS this afternoon, “The security procedures are going too far. There’s a line somewhere and he believes that line has been crossed.”

Olsen said Ventura no longer flies on commercial aviation because he is unwilling to submit to either a pat-down or a full-body scan, putting his job as host of cable television’s Conspiracy Theory show, in jeopardy.

“He’s made a decision that someone needs to make a stand and he’s not one to back down from a fight,” said Olsen. “He sees the erosion of civil liberties here and he’s willing to stand up not only for himself, but for others.”

A T.S.A. spokesperson said the agency “does not comment on pending litigation.”

On its website, the T.S.A. says “Pat-downs are one important tool to help T.S.A. detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives.”

A message left at the D.H.S. in Washington, D.C. was not immediately returned.

In 2001, in the days after the September 11th terrorist attacks, then-Governor Ventura said increased scrutiny would be acceptable.

“We’re at war and we’re at war inside our own country,” Ventura said on Sept. 27, 2001, “something we’ve never seen or heard of before inside the United States of America. I don’t think you can be too careful and people are just going to have to accept a little bit of inconvenience.”

Click here to read Ventura’s lawsuit.

2 Responses to Former Minnesota Governer, Current 9/11 Activist, Jesse Ventura Sues TSA

  1. Tasha says:

    Jesse your my hero!!!

  2. False_Flagg says:

    Get em Jessie! I been trying to find a lawyer here in Communistfornia for over 2 years to sue them both over TSA’s TWIC REAL ID [Google TWIC] that is being enforced by the military upon civilians and private sector workers on privately owned property, but all the college educated commies out here don’t know HOW to sue a rouge government agency, or even HOW to file a case like that. Without TSA’s TWIC REAL ID that you must ‘PURCHASE’, Americans now cannot work unless they have TSA’s PERMISSION after doing [NO JOKE] Mental, Criminal, and Terrorist background checks by WORLDWIDE police agencies, and only then and after TSA says you can have their permission to work TWIC REAL ID, then you are allowed to work. GET EM JESSIE! I like the way you have sued Janet Nappy and Joe Pistoleo in tort for knowingly and willfully violating Citizens Constitutional rights, as well as the unconstitutional agencies themselves.

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