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Jesse Ventura To Sue TSA Over Airport Pat-Downs

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 10:20 am

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is suing the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, saying full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints are violating his rights.

The Associated Press reports that Ventura filed his lawsuit Monday (Jan. 24) in federal court in Minnesota. He says the new security measures violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

He’s asking a federal court to order officials to stop subjecting him to these searches.

The lawsuit says Ventura had a hip replacement in 2008, and his titanium implant sets off metal detectors. The former governor says officials used to scan him with a wand as a secondary security measure, but now, he’s subjected to full-body scans and pat-downs that he deems invasive.

Ventura was governor of Minnesota from 1999 through 2002. He now hosts the television program “Conspiracy Theory.”

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