FIJA Distribution of June 6, 2011, in Manhattan, NY
    I arrived at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York at 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY at 11:39 am on Monday, June 6, 2011.  It was a warm and overcast day with a mild breeze.  Two Federal Protection Service Officers were on duty.  Immediately one of them approached me and asked me to leave.  He asked: “Do we have to do this all over again?”  He did not identify himself, so I ignored him, and he left.

    At 11:57 am, Joe McNicholl arrived to help distribute pamphlets.  We distributed the American Jury Institute pamphlets entitled “A Primer for Prospective Jurors” and “Who Owns Your Body.”  At 12:20 pm Sabrina Shroff and Julian Justin, my stand-by legal staff from the federal defenders Office, appeared and chatted with us for a few minutes.

    At 12:45 pm, two Federal Protective Service officers approached us and tried to shoo us away.  They would not identify themselves. They asked me to identify myself, but I just walked away form them and continued dispensing literature.  However Joe took the initiative and started questioning them.  Joe refused to identify himself.  He demanded to see the regulation that they were acting upon.  He also demanded to see a copy of the U. S. Constitution, so that he could point out that they were violating their oath of office.  They had neither the regulation nor the Constitution.  Eventually they left without citing either of us.

    Joe and I continued distributing pamphlets until we ran out of them at 12:57 pm.  We had distributed 80 pamphlets.  Joe and I left for lunch in Chinatown.

Anti-TSA Rally of June 10, 2011, in New York, NY
    A “Ban the Scan” rally against the Transportation Security Administration  (TSA) was held on June 10, 2011, form 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Union Square in Manhattan.  It was sponsored by the Libertarian Party, We Won’t Fly, the Campaign for Liberty, and the New York City Liberty Action Group.  About 100 people attended, many with signs of protest.

    Jamie Maarten, the past President of the Libertarian Party and recent graduate of Columbia University, was the mistress of ceremonies. She introduced the speakers, of which I was the first.

    I described the two rallies at the Newark airport on November 24 and December 23, 2010.  Further, I pointed out that there had been no incidents of terror initiating at U. S. airports since 9–11–2001.  Thus there was no need for enhanced security.  The TSA just had a new toy and wanted to degrade us with it.

    Furthermore I pointed out that our present security checks could be expedited if certain classes of people who have never engaged in terror could be given the option of opting out of the security checks, as most of them would do.  These groups included children or persons traveling with children, people over 60 years of age, and East Asians.  Nobody in these groups had ever been responsible for initiating a terrorist attack in the United States.  Also the Israeli techniques of questioning entering passengers, putting an armed plain clothes police officer on every flight, and locking the cabin door from the inside by the pilots.

 The second and main speaker of the day was Jim Babb, the organizer of the TSA protests at U. S. airports.  He mentioned many of the abuses reported by individuals across the country, a few of whom were in the audience.  He also discussed the violation of Constitutional rights of the passengers.

    Other speakers were:

Michael Boldin from Los Angeles, the Executive Director of the 10th Amendment Foundation.

Michael Roberts, a Continental Airlines pilot who refused to go through the scanner, and who founded

Amie Stepanovich, Electronic Privacy Information Center (, National Security Fellow

Dan Halloran, a New York City Councilman with Libertarian views.

Chris Rodriguez, the organizer of the rally, who gave the final wrap-up speech.

    I enlisted 8 more Tyranny Fighters.