Aaron Tobey, a young Virginia man, wrote parts of the Fourth Amendment on his chest with magic maker, went to the Richmond airport for his flight, took off his shirt and was handcuffed and detained for about 90 minutes. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited Benjamin Franklin. How great is that?
On his chest:
“Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated,” his chest and gut read.
According to the opinion by Judge Roger Gregory:
Here, Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution—he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections. And while it is tempting to hold that First Amendment rights should acquiesce to national security in this instance, our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned against such a temptation by opining that those ‘who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’ We take heed of his warning and are therefore unwilling to relinquish our First Amendment protections—even in an airport. Read the entire story at Wired.
Mr. Tobey was traveling to his grandmother’s funeral.