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Published:June 22nd, 2009 13:54 EST
TSA Goon Squad Harasses Ron Paul Associate

TSA Goon Squad Harasses Ron Paul Associate

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Steve Bierfeldt says the Transportation Security Administration pulled him aside for extra questioning in March. He was carrying a pocket edition of the U.S. Constitution and an iPhone capable of making audio recordings. And he used them.

On a recording a TSA agent can be heard berating Bierfeldt. One sample: `You want to play smartass, and I`m not going to play your f**king game.`

Bierfeldt is director of development for the Campaign for Liberty, an outgrowth of the Ron Paul presidential campaign. He was returning from a regional conference March 29 when TSA screeners at Lambert-St. Louis (Missouri) International Airport saw a metal cash box in his carry-on bag. Inside was more than $4,700 dollars in cash -- proceeds from the sale of political merchandise like T-shirts and books." CNN.Com

Followers of Ron Paul are a little bit eccentric, and I`m not surprised that TSA screeners singled out a Ron Paul fan for extra scrutiny. Anyone who is foaming at the mouth and has a blank stare should be thoroughly investigated.

But Steve Bierfeldt is not your typical Ron Paul devotee; he is an intelligent, eloquent and normal human being. The TSA screeners were way out of line; they mistreated Bierfeldt and deprived him of his civil liberties.

Bierfeldt is by no means the only passenger who has been harassed by TSA thugs, Bierfeldt`s harassment at the hands of TSA goons only came to light because he recorded the interrogation with his iPhone.

It`s imprudent but not illegal to carry large sums of cash, and the TSA rent-a-brutes shouldn`t have assumed that Bierfeldt was a criminal or a terrorist because he had a cash box stuffed with money.

"The American Civil Liberties Union has taken up Bierfeldt`s cause and is suing Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, whose department includes the TSA. Their complaint alleges that Bierfeldt was `subjected to harassing interrogation, and unlawfully detained.`" CNN

Conservatives often complain that the ACLU only defends commies, perverts and terrorists, but most of the ACLU`s clients are average folks like Bierfeldt.

We shouldn`t accept brutality at the hands of the TSA creeps as normal operating procedure in this post 9/11 world. I have little love for Ron Paul fanatics, but Bierfeldt is my hero. Bierfeldt didn`t just shrug and say "What can you do?" he is suing the TSA and thereby protecting the civil liberties of all Americans.