NYPD Wants Body Scanners On The Streets; Corbett Files Suit
Jonathan Corbett, a software designer who has learned the law enough to act as his own lawyer in bringing suit against the TSA is -- thank you, Jonathan -- at it again. This time, he's filed suit against New York City:
Now the NYPD has asked us to accept body scanners on the streets, allowing them to peer under your clothes for "anything dangerous" -- guns, bombs, the Constitution -- from up to 25 yards away for, you know, our safety. (And someone please think of the children!)
I'm pleased to have filed the first lawsuit against the nude body scanners after the TSA deployed them as primary screening in 2010, and I'm pleased to announce that today I filed suit against New York City for its testing and planned (or current?) deployment of terahertz imaging devices to be used on the general public from NYPD vans parked on the streets -- a "virtual stop-and-frisk." My civil complaint, Corbett v. City of New York, 13-CV-602, comes attached with a motion for a preliminary injunction that would prohibit use of the device on random people on their way to school, work, the theater, or the bar.
It is unfortunate that it seems that government at all levels is always in need of a fresh reminder that the citizens for whom it exists demand privacy, and that each technological advance is not a new tool to violate our privacy. However, as often as proves to be necessary, we will give them that reminder.
Every time we give up another right, we prime the way for ourselves to give up more. Don't wait until we become a police state to do your part in speaking up. (And saying that a few years ago sounded like crazy hyperbole -- all that "become a police state." Sounds less so now, with the NYPD giving the finger to the notion of search of everyone without probable cause, huh?)