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The latest outrage by the TSA.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/11/local/la-me-arabic12-2010feb12

America is a free country. Except at its airports.

Anyone who thinks this is cool should go back and read their Orwell.

Kudos to this kid, for challenging the TSA in court.

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coleoptera
Feb. 15th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
How about that - we live in a country where our legal system specifically allows for a party who believes they have been wronged to ask a legal authority to make a determination in the matter. It's almost as if that's the fair and appropriate thing to do!

In the case you cited, seemingly without particular knowledge of the case particulars, the plaintiff in question was burned severely and discovered, after attempting to have the company compensate for some of her extensive medical expenses, that they knew about the problem, had received hundreds of complaints involving injuries and had decided not to warn people about the problem or do anything about it because they just didn't think it was a problem big enough for their radar. That's why the jury initially awarded punitive damages - it's for that kind of crass behavior that potentially affects more people than just the wronged party. Trying to reduce that kind of problem to a 'oh, you can sue for millions because you spill hot coffee on yourself' is at best uninformed. You don't often hear that argument when people talk about the Pinto.

I'm glad this kid is standing up for himself but more important for basic civil rights.
raeyn
Feb. 15th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)

You do make valid points - I have not researched the case, and I appreciate you taking the time to elucidate! However, the point isn't the content of the lawsuit, but rather, that it seems to be the take-off point that started today's frightening lawsuit culture, and how that has further caused people to surrender their freedoms (and demand that the rest of us do too!) so they can be swaddled in cotton wool. ;)

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