jessetsa Jesse Ventura Sues TSA

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is suing the Transportation Security Administration for allegedly violating his privacy rights.

Ventura, who gained fame as a professional wrestler and describes himself in the lawsuit as a “television performer,” filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court for Minnesota, KSTP-TV, Minneapolis, reported.

The suit names the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, the Transportation Security Administration and TSA Administrator John Pistole, the newspaper said.

The complaint alleges Ventura was subjected to “warrantless, non-suspicion-based offensive touching, gripping and rubbing of the genital and other sensitive areas of his body,” when a TSA agent patted him down in November 2010 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The lawsuit asserts the patdown met “the definition for an unlawful sexual assault” KSTP reported.

“He sees the erosion of civil liberties here and he’s willing to stand up not only for himself, but for others,” Ventura’s attorney, David Olsen told the TV station.

“The security procedures are going too far,” Olsen said. “There’s a line somewhere and he believes that line has been crossed.”

Comments (3)
  1. Rev. Jim Dancy says:

    I will pray for your success as I feel that the ownership and control of access to one’s own body is a gift from Him and NO MAN or WOMAN should have the legal right to anything that, in any other social setting, would be unlawful abuse and a serious sex crime requiring the offender to register AS A SEX OFFENDER!!

  2. ed jackson says:

    I have been body searched twice and I am not offended. I feel that they are doing a good job trying to make it safe for us to fly.

  3. Agree... says:

    Something needs to be done before this gets worse. There needs to be a better way.

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