1. Please Open your Bag.

    brian on 2004.06.10
    at 03:23 pm

    In preparation for the MBTA to start randomly searching its riders, I've prepared for this questionably legal possibility by putting the US Constitution on my iPod for easy access. Perhaps Adam should list this on his MBTA Search Page

    I particularly enjoy Amendment Four in this situation:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probably cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    I think that's pretty straight forward. On the other hand I don't want to be a dick to a police officer, 99% of whom are just looking out for the public's well-being. I'll be polite in my declination of their search request, and see how that goes. When we start randomly searching Americans and demanding identification... what rights are left that we're really protecting? When will they be tossed aside for "security's sakes?"

    Posted in: Politics


    Comments (2)

    1. adamg said on 2004.06.10 at 04:16 pm


      Thanks for the suggestion.

    2. anon said on 2004.07.14 at 12:56 pm

      In response to the new MBTA searches, I've created t-shirts, tote bags, and messenger bags with the Fourth Amendment printed on them, along with "I do not consent to this search." It won't prevent searches, but it will remind people of what the Fourth Amendment says. You can see the design at

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