Jesse Ventura vs TSA: Is He Suing for Justice or Ratings?

A number of citizens have reacted to the new Transportation Security Administration pat-down rules with lawsuits, and now Jesse Ventura has joined the growing group of fliers who are vehemently opposed to having their junk touched, scanned, or otherwise peered at by the TSA.

The former Minnesota governor (and pro wrestler) filed a lawsuit on Monday morning against the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA. The suit alleges that enhanced airport security procedures, including pat-downs and full body scanning, violate Ventura's rights under the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Ventura has a titanium implant as the result of a hip replacement surgery that routinely sets off metal detectors, which means that under new security rules, he must now undergo pat-down searches.


The lawsuit claims that as host of a TV program called Conspiracy Theory on truTV, Ventura's professional schedule means he either has to submit to these searches, which "expose him to humiliation and degradation through unwanted touching, gripping, and rubbing of the intimate areas of his body"—or retire from his television work and forgo his income.

According to his attorney, Ventura is not seeking monetary damages, but rather wants an acknowledgment from the court that his rights have been violated and a court order that would stop the government from subjecting him to the screening procedures.

I have to say, I've seen that Conspiracy Theory show a couple of times and I mostly think Ventura comes off as a tinfoil-hat-wearing crank. But in this case, I'm all for the lawsuit. If he's got the money to take this to court, no matter how useless it may be, at least he's taking a stand against an increasingly fucked-up system. Whether he's doing it for his own beliefs or to boost viewership for his show, I say it doesn't matter.

Team Jesse! Leg drop 'em, Ventura!

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