Sunday, January 23, 2011

Airline Passenger Found Not Guilty of All Charges From TSA Arrest

Finally, we have a case marking the first time anyone has ever challenged TSA's authority to question and detain a traveler. The final result ended giving airline passengers the upper hand over TSA. It is apparent that these TSA workers have "chip on their shoulders," and are egotistical. It is a power trip using intimidation to unsuspected travelers. The reality is not base on exaggeration. The reality is base on experience.

(Seattle Weekly) After an hour of deliberation Friday evening, a Bernalillo County, New Mexico jury found Phil Mocek not guilty of all four charges he faced after refusing to show his ID and using a video recorder at a TSA checkpoint in 2009. If you're keeping score at home, that's Mocek: 1, TSA: 0.

According to Edward Hasbrouck of the Identity Project, Mocek did not testify, and the defense rested on Friday without calling any witnesses or presenting any evidence. Hasbrouck attended the trial; he writes:

The jury found that even without rebuttal, the TSA and Albuquerque police had failed to satisfy their burden of proving any of the four charges: concealing his identity, refusing to obey a lawful order (it was never entirely clear whether this was supposed to have been an order to turn off his camera, an order to leave the airport despite having a valid ticket, or an order to show ID, none of which would have been lawful orders), trespassing, and disorderly conduct.