Libertarian Party Asks Florida Sherriffs To Arrest TSA Agents
“We turn to you, our Constitutional Sheriffs, to enforce the law in accordance with your sworn duty”
July 5, 2011
The Libertarian Party of Florida has written to the sheriff of every county in the state demanding that they arrest any TSA agent who conducts an “enhanced” pat-down on charges of sexual battery.
“We, The People of the State of Florida must turn to you as our last line of defense against a federal government that is usurping authority and ignoring the rule of law.” the letter, signed by party chairman Adrian Wyllie, states.
The party cites electronic and bodily searches carried out on Florida citizens as “egregious” violations of the Fourth Amendment, as well as Article One, Section 12 of the Florida Constitution, which prohibits searches and seizures without probable cause.
The letter, which was also emailed to 67 sheriffs across the state, points out that under Florida law searches carried out by TSA agents fall within the definition of felony sexual battery.
The letter states:
it is a first degree felony when sexual battery is committed by a law enforcement agent in paragraph 4(g), which reads:
“When the offender is a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer as defined by s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9), who is certified under the provisions of s. 943.1395 or is an elected official exempt from such certification by virtue of s. 943.253, or any other person in a position of control or authority in a probation, community control, controlled release, detention, custodial, or similar setting, and such officer, official, or person is acting in such a manner as to lead the victim to reasonably believe that the offender is in a position of control or authority as an agent or employee of government.”
Urging the sheriffs to remember the oath they have sworn to protect the Constitution, the party notes that
“As Sheriff, you have the absolute duty to enforce the law uniformly and without prejudice. You are, at best, engaged in selective enforcement by choosing to further ignore these flagrant violations of federal and state law. At worst, you are complicit.”