Monday, April 09, 2007

Professor who criticized Bush added to terrorist 'no-fly' list

Michael Roston
Raw Story
Monday April 9, 2007
A top Constitutional scholar from Princeton who gave a televised
speech that slammed President George W. Bush's executive overreach
recently learned that he had been added to the Transportation
Security Administration's terrorist watch list. He shared his
experience this weekend at the law blog Balkinization.
Walter F. Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence,
Emeritus, at Princeton University, attempted to check his luggage at
the curbside in Albuquerque before boarding a plane to Newark, New
Jersey. Murphy was told he could not use the service.
"I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch
list," he said.
When inquiring with a clerk why he was on the list, Murphy was
asked if he had participated in any peace marches.
"We ban a lot of people from flying because of that," a clerk said.
Murphy then explained that he had not marched, but had "in
September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on
the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of
the Constitution."
The clerk responded, "That'll do it."
Murphy was allowed to board the plane, but was warned that his
luggage would be "ransacked." On his return trip, his luggage was
Murphy is a decorated Marine who served in the Korean War and was a
reservist for 19 years. Mark Graber, who presented the blog post,
adds that there were other reasons that Murphy was an unlikely terror
"While he holds some opinions, most notably on welfare, similar to
opinions held on the political left, he is a sharp critic of ROE V.
WADE, and supported the Alito nomination," he wrote.
The blog post on Murphy's experience can be accessed at this link.

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