Amazing anti-demand letters.

Two awesome anti-demand letters in the news recently.

First Mike Godwin responds to an FBI demand to take down their official seal from Wikipedia. The win line in the letter has to be the one that proves that he took some philosophy courses at some point in his life:

In your letter, you assert that an image of an FBI seal included in a Wikipedia article is
“problematic” because “it facilitates both deliberate and unwitting violations” of 18 U.S.C.
701. I hope you will agree that the adjective “problematic,” even if it were truly applicable
here, is not semantically identical to “unlawful.”

Second, Marc Randazza, on behalf of one of the many TSA groping victims (but one who happens to have a widely-read blog), in response to a $500,000 defamation claim from the groper (ok, alleged groper, but given the pattern of TSA behavior it’s very easy to believe the blogger and very hard to believe the TSA agent) (h/t: Mike):

After the 9/11 attacks, America wallowed in fear, and ignoble politicians took advantage of that national temporary psychosis. In doing so, they foisted an intrusive security apparatus upon us, but one that was never effective at making us safer. It was, however, effective at rolling back our rights under the Fourth Amendment. We may have killed Osama Bin Laden this year, but he actually defeated the American way of life ten years ago. On September. 11, 2001, America went from “the land of the free and the home of the brave” to a nation of mewling cowards, eager to give up their liberties for perceived “safety.” One of the worst symptoms of this transformation is the TSA and its minions of blue-shirted “officers.” As numerous investigations of these checkpoints’ efficacy reveal, anyone with a marginal IQ and the desire to evade them can and will do so.

While the TSA fails miserably in providing security, it excels in undermining our protections under the Bill of Rights. This petty army has done its best not only to grind the Fourth Amendment into dust, but to strip us of our dignity as human beings. The Internet is replete with videos of travelers being groped by the TSA in a way that would result in sexual assault prosecutions for people other than TSA agents, all while the victims cry, protest, and express their horror. Your client may feel that she is in no way culpable for these wrongs, but her continued employment by the TSA and her actions against Ms. Alkon are an integral and inseparable part of the TSA’s abuse of all Americans. Fortunately for all of us, people like my client take the position that TSA agents cannot simply do whatever they want – not without dissent.

Ms. Alkon is acutely aware of the TSA’s erosion of our rights. When she entered the airport, Ms. Alkon did what any good American should do – she refused to quietly give up her rights and her dignity. This was an act of patriotism by Ms. Alkon. Like this law firm, Ms. Alkon believes that the TSA has gone too far, and it has turned America into a nation held hostage by its lowest common denominator. However, when Ms. Alkon refused to be subjected to the full body scan, your client, like so many other TSA agents before her, decided to teach Ms. Alkon a lesson. The message was clear: If you do not do as the TSA commands, you will pay with your dignity.

After Ms. Alkon refused to allow her Fourth Amendment rights to be yanked away without protest, she refused to remain silent when Ms. Magee sexually assaulted her, jamming the side of her hand between Ms. Alkon’s labia four times. And why should Ms. Alkon remain silent? Because your client felt that Ms. Alkon should learn a lesson about respecting authority? If so, she is wrong. And if your client thinks that she should now win the lottery to the tune of $500,000 because she wants to punish a patriotic American for exercising her First Amendment rights, she should think again.

Read the whole thing.


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