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TSA chief: resisting scanners just means delays

November 24, 2010 by Dr. Steve Frank


Every day the Constitution Newswire selects the most Constitutionally relevant stories on the web. On Wednesdays, Steve Frank will recap the best of the best with links to the actual Constitution. If you would prefer a daily dose of headlines, sign up for the Constitution Newswire newsletter today.New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Tough Law to Fight BullyingNovember 23, 2010

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is weighing whether to sign into law an anti-bullying bill sent to his desk this week by the state legislature. The proposed law, described as the nation’s toughest, would require schools to develop anti-harassment programs. The bill has stirred opposition among social conservatives, who claim that some of its education provisions would legitimize gay marriage. [In the Constitution]

TSA Chief: Resisting Scanners Just Means DelaysNovember 23, 2010

As peak holiday-travel days approached, most passengers were complying with enhanced security measures at the nation’s airports, despite mounting controversy over the procedures. Under the new anti-terrorism protocol, passengers who refuse a full-body scan that peers through their clothes are subject to a pat-down search that includes the crotch and chest. Do the new procedures strike the right balance between travel safety and individual privacy? [In the Constitution]

Senators Snowe and Collins Challenge Constitutionality of Health Care LawNovember 22, 2010

Two Republican Senators – Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins – have endorsed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform law. The senators from Maine jointly signed a “friend of the court” brief to the federal court in Florida that will hear the case. At issue is whether Congress has power under the Constitution to force individuals to purchase health insurance or face a fine. [In the Constitution]

Constitutionality of Taser Use in Hands of CourtNovember 21, 2010

Under what circumstances should police have the right to subdue unruly and potentially violent suspects by shooting them with a Taser stun-gun? That issue is being weighed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case brought by a woman from Hawaii who alleges that use of the electronic gun constituted excessive force against her. [In the Constitution]

Pentagon Trying to Get Gay Ban Lifted This YearNovember 21, 2010

Pentagon officials are urging the lame-duck Congress to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, rather than risk imposition of a court order overturning the policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military. Military leaders fear that a court order overturning the light might require implementing the change in a ways and on a time schedule they consider too hasty. [In the Constitution]

First Conviction Unlikely to Help President Obama Shut GitmoNovember 18, 2010

The first conviction last week in a civilian court of a Guantanamo Bay detainee is not expected to hasten closure of the controversial military prison for terrorism suspects. President Obama has pledged to close the prison, located at a U.S. Naval base in Cuba, and move the remaining detainees to American soil. [In the Constitution]


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