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
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.
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
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
Michael Roberts, a Continental Airlines pilot who refused to go through
the scanner, and who founded fedupflyers.org
Amie Stepanovich, Electronic Privacy Information Center (epic.org),
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
I enlisted 8 more Tyranny Fighters.